About the artwork
Open-air scene depicting brightly coloured advertising hoarding and shop fronts against muted coloured buildings. Two figures stand or squat in front of a shop front, and one figure is seated in the foreground wearing a big coat and hat, reading a newspaper.
About the artist
Anne Redpath OBE RSA RWA ARA (born Galashiels, 1895-1965) studied at Edinburgh College of Art. She was a central figure in the Edinburgh School. She admired French Post-Impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Gaugin, and also Matisse. From the 1950s she became well known in the Scottish art world, for her landscapes, church interiors and still lifes painted in rich colours. Her love of the Abstract Expressions can be seen from the 1950s in her free and expressive use of paint.