Anne Redpath

Landscape at Kyleakin (About 1958 - 1960)

About this artwork

This landscape was painted from sketches Redpath made during a family holiday to the Isle of Skye in 1946. Kyleakin is a village that was only accessible by ferry until the Skye Bridge was built in 1995. In this painting of a huddle of houses clinging to the bleak landscape, surrounded by stormy water, Redpath evokes the community’s remoteness and dependence on the land and sea. As with many of her still lifes, the scene is somewhat distorted with the picture plane tilted forward. The use of a palette knife reinforces the quality of the harsh landscape and highlights her increasing interest in the developments of abstract painting; she was influenced by artists such as Tàpies and Riopelle with their bold, expressionistic handling of paint.

  • title: Landscape at Kyleakin
  • accession number: GMA 814
  • artist: Anne RedpathScottish (1895 - 1965)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Villages
  • medium: Oil on board
  • date created: About 1958 - 1960
  • measurements: 71.20 x 91.50 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1962
  • copyright: © The Estate of Anne Redpath. All Rights Reserved 2016/ Bridgeman Images
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Anne Redpath

Anne Redpath

Redpath was born in Galashiels and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1920 she married and moved to France, devoting much of the next fourteen years to her family and doing little painting. In the mid-1930s she returned to Scotland, settling in Hawick in the Borders. Redpath admired the French Post-Impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Gauguin, and also Matisse. From the 1950s, she became well known in the Scottish art world, specialising in landscapes, church interiors and still lifes painted in rich colours. Her work from the late 1950s responds to Abstract Expressionism in the free and expressive handling of paint.