William Stewart MacGeorge (1861-1931)
|Artist Name||William Stewart MacGeorge (1861-1931)|
|Title||Bonfire in the Bluebell Wood|
|Description||This stunning Edwardian Scottish Impressionist oil painting is by noted Scottish artist and academician William Stewart MacGeorge. Painted around 1905 it is an excellent example of MacGeorge's love of painting children and nature. The influence of Hornel is apparent in its vibrant light and strong impasto. The Scene is four young girls in a wood, making a bonfire and gathering bluebell. A really beautiful large Scottish Edwardian Impressionist oil painting that wouldn't look out of place in Kelvingrove. Indeed this may have been an exhibited work under a slightly different title.
Signed WS MacGeorge lower left.
|Provenance||Sotheby's, London, 6 February 1990, lot 304.
Calton Gallery, Edinburgh.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||29 x 32 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an fine gallery ornate frame, 40 inches by 37 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||William Stewart MacGeorge (1861–1931) was a Scottish artist associated with the Kirkcudbright School. Born in Castle Douglas, lived at 120 King St. He attended the Royal Institution Art School in Edinburgh before studying under Charles Verlat in Antwerp 1884-85. On his return he painted subjects which involved children playing, executed in low tones. After becoming influenced by Edward Atkinson Hornel, who had also studied under Verlat, MacGeorge began using brighter colours and greater impasto. He continued to focus on the usual pastoral features so loved by Impressionists - children at play, fields of flowers, woods, rivers with fishermen, farm labourers, the effect of light and some evening scenes. MacGeorge was also inspired by the ballards of the Borders. Around 1912 he also spent some time painting in Venice. In 1929, two years before his death, MacGeorge married the widow of Hugh Munro, the watercolour artist Mabel Victoria MacGeorge and settling in Gifford in East Lothian where he died aged 70. His widow bequeathed about 45 of his paintings to Haddington Town Council.
MacGeorge exhibited at the Paris Salons, winning a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universalle of 1900. He became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1898 and an academician in 1910. He exhibited at the RSA (1881-1932), RGI (1883-1932) and RA (1894-1925).