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WORK OF THE WEEK | 4 November 2019

CAG.306 Ian Cheyne, Beeches in Glen Lyon, 1937, colour woodcut on paper, 32.3 x 39.5 cm. Purchased, Doig, Wilson & Wheatley, 1939 (Gibson Bequest Fund). © the artist's estate.

We're registering the seasonal change with this gorgeous WORK OF THE WEEK!

Rich in texture and colour, Beeches in Glen Lyon (1937) by Ian Cheyne is one of several contemporary prints that we acquired from fine art dealers Doig, Wilson & Wheatley (Edinburgh) in 1939.

Forming part of the Gibson Bequest collection, this work demonstrates the influence of Japanese woodcuts on the artist's practice. Its subject, Glen Lyon, was once described by Sir Walter Scott as the 'longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland.' Cheyne's treatment of the landscape, however, bears a modern – and fashionable – Art Deco quality, combining in its central Beech tree the burnished tones of autumnal leaves and the curvilinear form of the famed 'Praying Hands' geological feature.

Ian Alec Johnson Cheyne (1895-1955) trained at the Glasgow School of Art and, from 1920, exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA). He is best known for his woodcut landscapes of Scotland, France, and Spain, but also practiced in oils and still life.

Beeches in Glen Lyon (1937) by Ian Cheyne is featured in EVERYTHING OF THAT TIME MIGHT SOON END – The Gibson Bequest: Between the Wars until 24 November 2019.

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