Celebration of artist's life
An abstract image of the Somerset Coalfield is one of 50 works of art going on display at Bath's Victoria Art Gallery to celebrate the life of renowned artist William Scott.
Scott who lived from 1913 to 1989 was a key figure in European and American art and is considered one of the most influential British painters of the 20th century. To mark the centenary of his birth the gallery is holding a major loan exhibition, Simplicity and Subject, which features many previously unseen paintings, sculptures and drawings.
The Scottish artist settled in Somerset in 1941 and lived at Hallatrow and Coleford, working for ten years as senior painting master at Bath Academy of Art.
The exhibition will focus on his Somerset connections.
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The B&NES Council gallery's relationship with Scott began in the mid-1940s when it exhibited his pictures in the annual Bath Society of Artists exhibitions. In 1984 the gallery bought a collage for its collection direct from the artist. This was followed in 2012 by an oil painting, Bottle and Fish Slice, acquired with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1.30pm to 5pm. Admission to the exhibition, running from this Saturday to November 17, is £3.50 for adults and free for children.