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Becoming a Painter

Becoming a Painter

In 1934 William Scott transferred from the Sculpture School to the Painting School at the Royal Academy. In the same year he met his future wife Mary Lucas who started as a student at the Schools. The two were to marry in 1937 after completing their studies.

Overall William Scott spent four years at the Royal Academy where he was awarded a range of prizes. His sources of inspiration included early Italian painting at London’s National Gallery to French artists such as Cézanne (1839-1906) and Picasso (1881-1973). William Scott was also attracted to the naïve style of contemporary Cornish artists for example Christopher Wood (1901-1930) and Alfred Wallis (1855-1942). As an artist, he was finding his own vision:

‘I found that fundamentally I don’t respond enough to nature to be a landscape painter. I don’t respond much to air and sea and the things of nature, and when I approached landscapes it was the man-made thing that attracted me. In any case I had already discovered that my real love was the still life.’*

*’William Scott’ by Norbert Lynton, published by Thames & Hudson, 2004

 

Hilda Mary Lucas 5

Hilda Mary Lucas with her maternal uncle,
Gareth Edward Racster
Thatcher, c.1922
Courtesy of William Scott Foundation

 Portrait Of Mary 5

William Scott
[Portrait of Mary], 1934
Oil on board
29.2 × 23.3 cm / 11½ × 9¼ in
Private collection
© William Scott Foundation 2016

Adoration 5

William Scott
The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1935
Oil on canvas
102.3 × 127.2 cm / 40¼ × 50 in
Private collection

 William And Mary 5

William and Mary Scott with Robin and Faye Pearce outside the
cottage at Chideock, Dorset, 1937
Courtesy of William Scott Foundation

Still Life 5

William Scott
Still Life, 1935
Oil on board
31.8 × 35.9 cm / 121⁄∕2 × 141⁄∕4 in
Private collection
© William Scott Foundation 2016

 Vase Of Flowers 5

William Scott
[Vase of Flowers], 1937
Oil on board
59.2 × 51 cm / 23¼ × 20 in
Private collection
© William Scott Foundation 2016

Studio 5

Scott’s studio in a disused Baptist chapel, Dorset, 1937
Courtesy of William Scott Foundation

Young Man 5

William Scott
[Portrait of a Young Man], 1937
Oil on hardboard
62 × 50.5cm / 24½ × 20 in
Private collection
© William Scott Foundation 2016

Woman On A Bicycle 5

William Scott
[Woman on a Bicycle], c.1936
Oil on canvas
76.3 × 61 cm / 30 × 24 in
Private collection
© William Scott Foundation 2016