The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has acquired four works spanning ten years of Turnbull's career, each reflecting a key moment in the development of his style.

The 1949 works Aquarium and Untitled (Aquarium), respectively a sculpture and a painting, were created during Turnbull's two-year stay in Paris between 1948 and the autumn of 1950. Created in the early months of Turnbull's involvement with the newly formed Institute of Contemporary Arts, Acrobat was Turnbull's largest work to date when it was completed in 1951, standing just over a metre tall. 15-1958 was the fifteenth and greatest painting Turnbull created in 1958, the first year after he embraced abstraction, and references Turnbull's contemporaries Rothko and Barnett Newman in its use of intense colour and expressive brushwork.


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