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.
© 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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