About this artwork

Landscape and still lifes form the bulk of Hunter’s artistic output. The dark and restrained tones of this late still life recall Hunter’s painting from earlier in his career when, like fellow Scottish Colourist S.J. Peploe, he was influenced by seventeenth-century Dutch art. The composition is a medley of rich colours, with the vivid white of the tablecloth forming a dramatic contrast to the dark green background. The scene suggests a table set for an alfresco meal. Hunter’s work is distinguished from much of the output of the Scottish Colourists by his energetic and expressive handling of paint, as demonstrated in this work.

  • title: Still Life
  • accession number: GMA 20
  • artist: George Leslie HunterScottish (1877 - 1931)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Still life
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1930
  • measurements: 51.00 x 61.20 cm (framed: 75.70 x 86.00 x 7.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1945

George Leslie Hunter

George Leslie Hunter

Hunter was born in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. His family emigrated to California in 1892 and by the turn of the century he was making a living there as an illustrator. Little is known of Hunter's early work as much of it was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. He moved to Glasgow soon afterwards. During the 1920s Hunter emerged alongside Cadell, Fergusson and Peploe as one of a group of artists who became known as 'Scottish Colourists'. They were all influenced, in varying degrees, by the pure, bright colour and loose brushwork of French Impressionsim, Post-Impressionism and fauve painting.