William Gillies : Modernism and Nation in British Art (2023)

ISBN: 9781399518352
Artist(s): William Gillies
Author(s): Andrew McPherson
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2023
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 248
Illustrations: 16 b/w illustrations 162 colour illustrations


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Andrew McPherson’s study of Gillies is nothing less than a game-changer, presenting a new and very different story about one of Scotland’s greatest 20th-century painters’ – Alexander Moffat shows how European modernism inspired Gillies to engage with universal issues of purpose, meaning and fate to produce idiomatic and unique works. Reveals an artist who informs and challenges the constitutive narratives of modernism in Britain Shows how competition between Scottish and English nationalisms has shrouded Gillies in myth Combines social, political, cultural, and art history to explain the emergence of Gillies as artist and modernist. Examines new biographical evidence on questions of sexuality, gender, mental and physical health, scepticism and faith. Providing new evidence on the life and times of this Scottish painter, Andrew McPherson shows Gillies to be a modernist thinker. Presenting paintings never seen before, he reappraises his creative output, including the relationship of portraiture to still life, placing him firmly within not only a Scottish context but a British and European one too. McPherson has been researching the life, times and works of William Gillies for over twenty years.

He has rethought the formative influence of his art of two World Wars, gender inequalities and the modernist crisis of meaning and belief.


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