I haven't watched them all as yet but the little I've seen suggest they are all going to be fascinating. I'm 'flying blind' when it comes to the images I've added into to this post and may revise them after I've viewed all the programmes.
Links to the programmes on iPlayer are included in the title of each episode
Links to paintings after the name relate to the collection of digitised paintings by that artist held in the BBC Your Paintings website. I can certainly recommend having a look at these as by seeing a digital retrospective of a collection of their paintings you get a much better appreciation of the scope and value of an artist.
At the end I've included links to more information about Scottish art and artists.
The Story of Scottish Art
The Story of Scottish Art was broadcast on BBC Scotland earlier this month but was not shown south of the border - but is now accessible via iPlayer!
The series is the most ambitious ever done about the history of Scottish Art. It covers some 5,000 years, from the earliest Neolithic art to the present day. The aim is to
- explore developments and innovations in art across the centuries,
- place Scottish art in an international context and
- relate the art to the story of Scotland’s social and political history.
forging a modern art for a modern ScotlandThe writer and presenter of the series is Lachlan Goudie who many will remember from The Big Painting Challenge earlier this year.
“Scotland’s artistic heritage is rich and complex. People often know about the ‘Scottish Colourists’ but when you look beyond this small group of painters, you realise that for 5,000 years, generations of artists from Scotland have been creating and innovating with extraordinary bravery. They’ve consistently pushed at the boundaries of what art can do and questioned what it actually means to be a ‘Scottish' artist. As a painter myself I feel a real urge to understand the motivations and the challenges that have confronted artists from Scotland throughout the centuries. How they’ve helped define their own culture whilst being informed and inspired by the most revolutionary international art movements of the day."There are four episodes as follows.
|The Westray Wife|
The Story of Scottish Art - EPISODE 1 (10 days left)This focuses on:
- a visit to Orkney and encounters with
- the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, a stone circle that has stood for thousands of years.
- the Westray Wife, an ancient figurine on the island of Westray that is the oldest sculpted human figure in the British Isles.
- the sophisticated art of the Picts and the Gaels
- the exuberant Renaissance period of the early Stuart kings
- the destruction of artworks in Scotland following the Reformation
The Story of Scottish Art - EPISODE 2 (17 days left)
| A View of Loch Lomond by Horatio McCulloch|
Oil on Canvas, 76 x 127 cm
|The Skating Minister by Henry Raeburn|
one of the most popular portraits in the UK
- the blossing of Scottish Art in the 18th century - due to the the intellectual revolution of the Enlightenment and the classical influence of the continent
- the emergence of a new cultural identity and a new generation of Scottish artists:
- great Scottish portrait artists - Allan Ramsey (paintings) and Henry Raeburn (paintings)
- the epic Highland landscapes of Horatio McCulloch (paintings)
- the sensitive genre paintings of David Wilkie (paintings) and
- the houses designed by the Scottish neoclassicist architect Robert Adam who developed "the Adam style"
|Self Portrait of Allan Ramsay|
The Story of Scottish Art - EPISODE 3 (24 days left)Turning to the 19th century, this episode looks at a generation who transformed the way we saw Scotland's landscape and identity. It focuses on:
- how Scotland's artists challenged the traditions they had inherited
- how Scottish art was revolutionised by those artists who embraced the new ways of seeing and painting from the Continent
- Highlights include:
- the Glasgow Boys' (paintings) intimate rural realism
- Arthur Melville's brilliantly experimental watercolours (see Paintings and my post about Arthur Melville's watercolour landscapes)
- Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 'total work of art' - Hill House
- J.D Fergusson's pioneering Scottish modernism (239 paintings) - as part of the group of painters known as the Scottish Colourists
|BBC Your Paintings - Paintings by JD Fergusson|
The final programme considers Scottish art in the 20th and 21st century. It features some artists who are less well known outside Scotland.
Links in this section include ones to the BBC's Paintings website where you can see more of their work
- William McCance (12 Paintings) who attempted to bring about a Scottish Renaissance in visual arts,
- artists such as Alan Davie (Guardian obituary / 102 paintings)and William Gear (60 paintings) who courted controversy and played a vital role in the revolutions of post-war art.
- how Joan Eardley (108 paintings) brought the city to life on canvass in the 1950s,
|BBC Your Paintings: Paintings by Joan Eardley|
- how John Bellany (128 paintings) would do for the fishing villages of the east coast a decade later.
- Bruce McLean (22 paintings) discusses how conceptual art came to play such an important role in recent times; and
- Finally Lachlan meets Peter Doig, Scotland’s most successful and expensive living artist, to probe the complexities of what it actually means to be a Scottish artist today in a market-dominated art world.
Those interested in Scottish art will find the following of interest
- Galleries and Museums
- The Glasgow Boys:
- The Scottish Colourists
- National Galleries of Scotland - Exhibitions
- BBC Your Paintings
- to be completed!