High Noon

High Noon , 1940s

James Cowie

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

gouache and watercolour on paper

This small watercolour was painted during the 1940s, when Cowie was warden of Hospitalfield College of Art, near Arbroath. Although Cowie had painted still-lifes when working as a schoolmaster in Bellshill Academy during the 1930s, it was at Hospitalfield that his still-lifes were at their most metaphysical and compelling.

Here Cowie has arranged a group of objects on a window sill, so that he can combine them with the landscape outside - in this case a field and the sea beyond the Angus coastline. 'High Noon' has all the elements of Cowie's most interesting still-lifes: several simple, favoured objects arranged in a highly structured and complicated way; a landscape setting with surreal overtones, the whole viewed as one, yet in some strange way more dreamlike than real.

Purchased in 1992 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.
Artist © The Artist's Estate (2002)
Sight Size: Height: 17 cm, Width: 25.1 cm Frame: Height: 41.6 cm, Width: 49.4 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG009692


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