Glacier Chasm by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

This is the first major work by the Scottish artist Barns-Graham to enter the Scottish national collection.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2 x 91.5 cm
Acquired in:
2012
Presented by:
The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust through The Art Fund

It had previously been on loan to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art for 16 years, and was presented to mark the centenary of the artist's birth. In 1949 the artist travelled to Switzerland, to the Grindelwald Glacier near Berne - an encounter which marked a major turning point in her stylistic development, and which became the basis of a number of her most important paintings, including this work. The experience of the glacier offered a unique opportunity to explore the nature of interior and exterior forms. The artist described the aesthetic impact of Grindelwald thus: 'The massive strength and size of the glaciers, the fantastic shapes, the contrast of solidity and transparency, the many reflected colours in the strong light…This likeness to glass and transparency, combined with solid rough ridges made me wish to combine in a work all angles at once, from above, through, and all round, as a bird flies, a total experience.'

Provenance

The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 73/75 Belford Road, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH4 3DR 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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