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Breton Landscape

© estate of William Scott 2017. Photo credit: Estate of William Scott 2017

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This painting depicts a Breton landscape with farmhouses, a stone wall and electricity poles. The work belongs to a series of works painted in either 1938 or 1939 when Scott was living in Brittany. Although the landscape depicts France, the plain white houses bring to mind the Celtic crofter’s cottages with which Scott was familiar from his childhood days in Scotland and Ireland. The stark division and flattening out of the picture plane, together with the simple forms, reveal Scott’s awareness of the work of contemporary artists such as Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson.

McLean Museum and Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 40.3 x W 49.5 cm

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donated by the William Scott Foundation, 2015

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McLean Museum and Art Gallery

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