ABOUT THIS BOOK
National Galleries of Scotland
PUBLICATION DATE: August 31, 2015
Winifred Nicholson in Scotland
By (author) Alice Strang
“Nicholson’s Scottish paintings encapsulate her concerns with light, radiance and harmony which she expressed through flowers and the lyricism of the natural landscape.” – The Independent.
Throughout her long and varied career, Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) was concerned with light, colour and radiance. Best known for her sensitive and joyful flower paintings, she married Ben Nicholson in 1920 and their mutually influential artistic relationship lasted, despite separation, until Winifred’s death. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she made regular working trips to Scotland, often accompanied by the poet, Kathleen Raine. Frequently staying on the islands of Eigg and Canna and in Sandaig on the mainland, Winifred felt a deep affinity with the Scottish landscape and marvelled at the quality of light and the effects created by the ever-changing weather conditions. Her last painting expedition was to Eigg in 1980. Winifred Nicholson in Scotland is based on personal correspondence and the recollections of relatives, friends and painting companions. The book examines Winifred Nicholson’s love for Scotland and illustrates her Scottish paintings.
Alice Strang joined the National Galleries of Scotland in 1999 where she is now a Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She has curated many key touring exhibitions and contributed to accompanying publications. These include: Winifred Nicholson in Scotland (2003) Consider the Lilies: Scottish Painting 1910-1980 (2006) From Sickert to Gertler: Modern British Art from Boxted House (2008) The Scottish Colourist Series (F.C.B. Cadell, S.J. Peploe and J.D. Fergusson) (2010-14)