The Mantelpiece (About 1947)
About this artwork
This is one of a number of paintings of the 1940s which show different views of the artist’s home at Beaconsfield Terrace, Hawick. Redpath had a great fondness for including domestic objects in her paintings. The Chinese rug in the foreground, the African sculpture on the mantelpiece and the linen chest in the far corner – decorated by Redpath – feature in many other works of this period. Redpath stated that she liked the rooms of her house to have white walls, most likely influenced by time spent in Italy. The walls serve to highlight and intensify the rich, bright colours used in the rest of the room. The painting shows the ‘tipped-up’ perspective Redpath often used to give a flattened, richly decorated effect.
- title: The Mantelpiece
- accession number: GMA 1960
- artist: Anne RedpathScottish (1895 - 1965)
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Painting
- subject: Interior
- date created: About 1947
- measurements: 61.00 x 59.90 cm
- credit line: Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977
- copyright: © The Estate of Anne Redpath. All Rights Reserved 2016/ Bridgeman Images
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
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.