Saint Agnes (1889 - 1890)
About this artwork
Bold, outlined blocks of colour form a complex pattern across the canvas. The richly textured paintwork emphasises its tapestry-like appearance, and echoes Gauld's stained-glass designs. Japanese prints influenced the composition of both this work and its companion piece 'Music' (Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow). The painting was shown at the Munich International Exhibition of 1890 alongside the Glasgow Boys' work. Its exceptional quality prompted its purchase by the influential art dealer Alexander Reid.
- title: Saint Agnes
- accession number: NG 2701
- artist: David GauldScottish (1865 - 1936)
- depicted: St Agnes
- gallery: Scottish National Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Painting
- subject: Flowers Glasgow Boys
- materials: Oil on canvas
- date created: 1889 - 1890
- measurements: 61.30 x 35.50 cm (framed: 82.20 x 56.90 x 7.50 cm)
- credit line: Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund 1999
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Gauld's innovations in painting chiefly emerge in his early decorative pictures, rather than the popular, rural Ayrshire paintings he produced from the mid-1890s onwards. He was a good friend of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and had studied part-time at Glasgow School of Art. His first works to attract public attention were his illustrations in the 'Glasgow Weekly Citizen', which reflected his interest in Japanese prints. These also influenced his easel paintings and designs for stained-glass windows. His largest and most challenging project was a series of stained-glass windows for St Andrew's Scottish Church in Buenos Aires, manufactured by the Glasgow glass company, Guthrie and Wells.