Jon R. Schueler

A Yellow Sun [o/c 58-55] Arcueil (1958)

About this artwork

Schueler first visited Scotland in 1957, setting up a studio near Mallaig on the Sound of Sleat in the north-west Highlands. The landscape of the area, particularly the dramatic, shifting skies made a deep impression on the artist. He explained that, ‘I studied the Mallaig sky so intently, and I found in its convulsive movement and change and drama such a concentration of activity that it became all skies and even the idea of all nature to me.’ Schueler made this painting in Arceuil, on the outskirts of Paris, the following year. It has a spiritual dimension, in its suggestion of the power of the sun to transform landscape and sky, shining brightly through a dramatically coloured sweep of cloud. The centrality of nature to Schueler’s artistic vision shows the influence of JMW Turner.

  • title: A Yellow Sun [o/c 58-55] Arcueil
  • accession number: GMA 4757
  • artist: Jon R. SchuelerAmerican (1916 - 1992)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Clouds
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1958
  • measurements: 200.00 x 185.20 cm (framed: 202.00 x 187.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 2005

Jon R. Schueler

Jon R. Schueler

Born in Milwaukee, Jon Schueler had a varied early career before becoming an artist. He began to paint in 1954 when he joined a weekly portrait painting class and later moved to San Francisco where he attended the California School of Fine Arts. The Abstract Expressionist artist Clyfford Still was a teacher at the School, and became a mentor and important influence for Schueler. Visiting Scotland for the first time in 1957, Schueler set up a studio near Mallaig on the Sound of Sleat, a stretch of water that runs between the Scottish mainland and the Isle of Skye. Dramatic changes in weather are common in the area, reflecting for Schueler a real synthesis of Abstract Expressionism with nature. His atmospheric paintings convey a sense of the force of nature, its moods and drama.