About this artwork

Hunter was one of four Scottish artists who have become known as the Scottish Colourists. Together they were among the first British artists to make contact with French Post-Impressionist painting which greatly influenced their style. When Hunter returned to Glasgow in 1929 after living in France, he was encouraged by his friend and art dealer Tom Honeyman to concentrate on still-life painting. This was an ideal situation, as Hunter loved to paint flowers in particular, and his still-lifes sold consistently to give him a steady income. This is a vivid example of Hunter’s loose, rapid brushwork. The area around the flowers, patterned backdrop and books features thicker paint in comparison to other parts of the composition where the bare canvas is visible.

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.