FAS Edinburgh
15th August - 3 September 2018

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival, 26 July – 26 August 2018).

In partnership with The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, the exhibition showcases historic nineteenth and early twentieth Scottish paintings in modern and timely contexts, focusing on pioneering female artists, migration and refugee status, and the endless search for truth in art.

The exhibition centres around six historic paintings from the Fleming Collection with acute relevance for today. Thomas Faed’s The Last of the Clan and John Watson Nicol’s Lochaber No More are the two iconic paintings of the Highland Clearances, revealing the radical edge of the High Victorian genre painters in their depiction of the suffering caused by eviction, homelessness and forced emigration in nineteenth century Britain.

Mabel Pryde’s The Artist’s daughter Nancy, as Pierrot, and Flora Macdonald Reid’s Fieldworkers, reveal how two late nineteenth century women were at the forefront of the cutting edge artistic movements of their day, and yet are little known compared to their male peers.

William McTaggart’s, The Village, Whitehouse, painted in 1875, marks the turning point in the career of one of Scotland’s greatest innovators – prefiguring the radical technique of his late paintings, as expressed in Macrihanish, Bay Voyach, painted in 1894. McTaggert typifies the endless search for truth in art.

NOTE: in 1968, the private Fleming investment bank decided to collect Scottish art to hang in their offices world wide in recognition of their Scottish founder, Robert Fleming, who hailed from Dundee. Today, the collection, which is now owned by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, numbers over 600 works and is considered the finest collection of Scottish art outside institutions. In building the collection, the bank bought some of its greatest works from the Fine Art Society, which in the 1960s and 1970s pioneered the collecting of Scottish art through its galleries in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. These purchases include pre-eminent holdings of the Glasgow Boys and the Colourists as well as seminal works by Victorian genre painters and key figures such as William McTaggart. In total, the Fleming Collection has acquired over 120 works from the Fine Art Society including two major acquisitions in 2017.


The exhibition is part of Edinburgh Art Festival, 26 July - 26 August 2018

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