This painting shows a typical Fife country village with a woman and child next to houses with red pan tile roofs.

It is painted in an impressionistic style with vigorous brushstrokes and a warm palette. Hunter was attracted to Fife many times in the early 1920s and painted mainly in the Ceres and Largo areas. He enjoyed the light and the traditional architecture found in the area. There is a minimum of paint and the panel shows through in places which reveal Hunter's tendency to paint quickly on the spot when visiting Fife. A rough sketch was also discovered on the back of the painting. Despite having an extensive Colourist collection, this is the first Hunter landscape and work painted in Fife by the Scottish Colourists to be acquired by the museum.

Provenance

G A E Fairweather; by descent; Duncan Miller Fine Arts, circa 1990; Private collection, USA, circa 1990; The Scottish Gallery.


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