The Two Roberts
Robert Colquhoun & Robert MacBryde
In the immediate post-war period, lifelong partners Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde were, with Freud and Bacon, among the most admired artists of their generation but during the 1950s their work fell out of fashion and alcoholism and poverty hastened their decline. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, this retrospective charts their careers and turbulent private lives, and includes reproductions of their most significant paintings, prints and drawings.
In the 1960s, when the fashion in art was towards the abstract and conceptual, John Bellany (1942–2013) focused on the figurative, paying homage to Old Masters in his depictions of the fishing communities of the east of Scotland, among which he had grown up. This retrospective reviews his entire oeuvre, from these early large canvases, through the phantasmagoric, expressionist paintings of the following decades, to the more optimistic landscapes and allegorical compositions of the 21st century.
Facing the World
Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
Actually starting long before Rembrandt, with Palma Vecchio (c.1480–1528), this catalogue of 150 self-portraits accompanied a collaborative exhibition by the National Galleries of Scotland and galleries in Karlsruhe and Lyon. After three essays discussing the motivation and progress of the self-portrait from a medieval goldsmith inserting himself in an altar to the ubiquitous selfie, the book brings together an extraordinary range of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, with commentary on each artist and how they pictured themselves.
Published to coincide with Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery in 2011, this catalogue showcases her work, from a self-portrait in 1951 to watercolours of Crabs and Shells in 2011, revealing the intuitive nature of her art and its diverse range. A chronology of her life is accompanied by essays from Philip Long and John Leighton, who argue that Blackadder is one of Scotland’s greatest living artists.
Impressionism in Scotland
At the end of the 19th century, the prosperous manufacturers of Glasgow and Edinburgh were among the earliest collectors of Impressionist paintings. This catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland, featuring more than 150 colour plates, brings together paintings that were once, or are still, in Scottish collections. Major works by Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissaro, Sisley and Cezanne are juxtaposed with those of Scottish artists such as Guthrie, Lavery and Orchardson who were influenced by them.
Van Gogh's Twin
The Scottish Art Dealer Alexander Reid, 1854–1928
Alexander Reid was 'a prince among dealers' whose energy, enthusiasm and judgement shaped the artistic tastes of his day. A friend and champion of Whistler and Van Gogh - to whom the red-bearded Glaswegian bore such a resemblance that the Dutch artist's painting of him was long mistaken for a self-portrait - he went on to promote the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. With 94 colour illustrations, this first-ever biography charts the life and work of this important and influential figure.
Facing the Light
The Photography of Hill and Adamson
Using the calotype process recently invented by Fox Talbot, the photographs of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson marked the first use of the medium as an art form. Between 1843 and 1847, they produced a remarkable series of portraits of artists, scientists, Edinburgh worthies and Scottish fishermen. Illustrated with 67 reproductions of these haunting images, this attractive book tells the story of their partnership, explaining the techniques they used and the significance of their work.
Portrait Miniatures from the National Galleries of Scotland
There are around 150 portrait miniatures in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, including portraits of eminent Scots and paintings by key Scottish miniaturists such as Richard Cosway and Archibald Skirving. This volume, which accompanied an exhibition in Edinburgh in 2004, presents colour reproductions of and commentary on 20 miniatures, along with an essay on the 'close-up' portrait and the catalogue of the 101 paintings exhibited, with notes and small monochrome reproductions.