Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman, known as Sir Steven Runciman, 1903 - 2000 (1989 - 1990)
About this artwork
Sir Steven Runciman's contribution to the field of Byzantine studies is immense. His three-volume 'History of the Crusades' is still an unsurpassed classic, which has enabled the wider public to appreciate the complicated relationship between East and West, Muslim and Christian, in the medieval period. Shown here, aged eighty-seven, Sir Steven is ever the gentleman. He is impeccably dressed and his erect posture complements the sophisticated interior of his Dumfriesshire home. Those who knew him personally loved him for his wit and learning and, not least, for his culinary skills.
- title: Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman, known as Sir Steven Runciman, 1903 - 2000
- accession number: PG 2818
- artist: Stephen ConroyScottish (born 1964)
- depicted: Sir Steven Runciman
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- subject: Writing and literature
- materials: Oil on canvas
- date created: 1989 - 1990
- measurements: 122.00 x 76.20 cm (framed: 136.40 x 90.80 cm)
- credit line: Commissioned by friends of the sitter and presented to the Gallery in 1990
- copyright: © STEPHEN CONROY,COURESTY OF MARLBOROUGH FINE ART
Stephen Conroy’s paintings appeared in an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1987, while he was still a student. Drawing on the figurative Glasgow tradition, Old Master paintings and the work of Degas and Sickert, Conroy concentrates on depicting the male figure, either alone or in groups. His paintings of the 1980s have a strange and theatrical atmosphere, leading the viewer to question the narrative of the painting, which is often enigmatic. From the late 1990s, Conroy began to explore figures in motion, concentrating predominantly on the male figure in isolation against a plain background. Born in Helensburgh, Conroy studied at Glasgow School of Art, and lives and works in Scotland.