A Boy

A Boy , 1955

Angus Menmuir Neil

Artist:Angus Menmuir Neil
Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1924 - 1992

oil on panel

Angus Neil was a friend and fellow artist of Joan Eardley and during the 1950s, when they were both living in Glasgow, painted similar subjects to her, such as the working class children living in the Gorbals, where they were also residents.

This study of a boy, seated in profile in the artist's studio, has a mood of quiet contemplation. The sitter seems unconscious of the world around him and unaware of how he appears. Neil enhances the intimacy of the scene by his use of subdued colours with which he delineates the child's dark features, grazed knees and relaxed pose.


Purchased in 1997 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.
© Estate of the Artist (2008)
Overall: Height: 75.7 cm, Width: 51.3 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG012121

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