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A comprehensive survey of Arthur Melville's (1855-1904) rich and varied career as artist-adventurer, Orientalist, forerunner of The Glasgow Boys, painter of modern life and re-interpreter of the landscape of Scotland. His travels inspired spectacular watercolors and paintings. This book illustrates around sixty of his works, each with a catalogue entry, and an essay by Kenneth McConkey, which discusses Melville's art and career. His stunning watercolors remind us of Russell Flint, without the naked ladies, of Frank Brangwyn and Glasgow School artists like Margaret MacDonald and Charles Rennie MacIntosh. The Orientalist pieces are impressionistic but so fine.
Arthur Melville was arguably the most innovative and modernist Scottish artist of his generation and one of the finest British watercolorists of the nineteenth century, yet he eluded categorization. In 1943 the Scottish Colorist John Duncan Fergusson confessed that although they never met, "his work opened up to me the way to free painting — not merely freedom in the use of paint, but freedom of outlook."
- Additional Information
Item Code ARMEL Publisher National Galleries Scotland Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781906270871 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 10x10 # Pages 136pg Color Full Color