David Alison (1882-1955)
|Artist Name||David Alison (1882-1955)|
|Title||The Party Hat|
|Description||This cheery Scottish portrait oil painting is by noted artist David Alison. Painted in 1906 it is a half length portrait of a smiling girl in a red dress and white collar and white party hat against a dark patterned background. Her dark curling hair cascades down her shoulders and she looks very excited and happy. The brushwork is bold and highlights on her face just perfect. This is a lovely example of Scottish portraiture and an excellent example of David Alison's work. The reeded frame finishes it off perfectly.
Signed and dated 1906 upper right.
|Provenance||Royal Scottish Academy 1906 No: 275 Alison, Daughter of Henry F Wyse.
Royal Academy 1908 No: 982 Alison Wyse.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||20 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a gilt reeded frame, 32 inches by 28 inches, in good condition.|
|Biography||David Alison (1882-1955) was born in Dysrat, Fifeshire in 1882. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, where he won two travelling scholarships (the Haldane and Carnegie) for further study in Paris and Italy. In Paris, he became friends with his close Scottish contemporary, Francis Cadell, who introduced him to the other 'Scottish Colourist', Samuel Peploe.
Back in Scotland, Alison again teamed up with Cadell in the 'Society of Eight', a group of artists that attempted to span the artistic divide between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The 'Eight' included John Lavery, Patrick Adam and Peploe. Alison's portraits and moody, stylish interiors were something of an institution in the early to middle years of the last century: he exhibited over 40 pictures at the Royal Academy, double that number at the Royal Scottish Academy and was awarded a Silver Medal at the Paris Salon.