Anne Redpath and Adam Bruce Thomson

I am looking forward to giving my talk ‘Queen of Edinburgh: Anne Redpath and her Circle‘ at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh on 16 August 2024. It is part of the education programme accompanying their exhibition Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path.

Anne Redpath (1895-1965), Black and White Checks, 1952
oil on canvas, 78 x 84cm
Edinburgh Museums & Galleries:
Presented by the Scottish Modern Arts Association to Edinburgh Corporation 1964
(c) Artist’s Estate, courtesy Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Edinburgh

Anne Redpath (1895-1965)

Anne Redpath is widely regarded as the doyenne of post-World War Two Scottish painting. She was the first female painter to be elected a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in Edinburgh. She was also a popular hostess in her flat in Edinburgh’s New Town, where she lived between 1952 until her death in 1965. I will discuss her joyously coloured still-lifes, interiors and landscape paintings. The talk will be a celebration of her professional success as well as her friendships with other leading modern Scottish artists, including William Gillies, David McClure and Robin Philipson.

Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1976), North Bridge and Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh, from the North West, oil on canvas, 110 x 138cm
Edinburgh Museums & Galleries: Presented by the Council of the Society of Scottish Artists 1935
(c) Artist’s Estate

Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1976)

Adam Bruce Thomson and Redpath are members of what is called the ‘Edinburgh School‘. This group of artists came to prominence after World War Two, based in the Scottish capital. Both studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where Thomson was to teach for most of his career. North Bridge and Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh, from the North West (illustrated above) is arguably his best-known painting. Thomson’s achievements are to be celebrated in the forthcoming exhibition, which opens on 11 May 2024. A monograph by Dr Helen E. Scott is to be published by Sansom & Company at the same time.

If you would like to read more about Redpath, you might enjoy this article, whilst Thomson features in this one,

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