Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves , 1934

James Cowie

Artist:James Cowie
Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 1886 - 1956

oil on canvas

As art master at Bellshill Academy outside Glasgow, Cowie found the subject matter for his own paintings in the classroom where he taught. In this picture, the autumn leaves seen through the schoolroom window stand as a metaphor for passing youth.

Cowie believed that it was not enough for art to create an impression of reality. He believed that a painting should convey an idea or express a concept. This intellectual approach and also the emphasis on drawing in his work set him apart from many of his contemporaries.


Purchased in 1977 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.
Artist © The Artist's Estate (2002)
Overall: Height: 102 cm, Width: 86 cm Frame: Height: 116.2 cm, Width: 101 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG000042

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