The definitive guide to the National Galleries of Scotland remarkable collection of French paintings. An outstanding collection of French paintings is described fully in this two-volume illustrated catalogue. Underpinned by extensive scholarly research, this comprehensive work includes many of the great names, including Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Poussin, Watteau and Delacroix.
Since opening its doors in 1859, the Scottish National Gallery’s collection of French paintings has grown continuously, reflecting changing tastes and priorities, thanks to inspired and enlightened purchases and many generous donations. The collection’s fascinating history is related in the introductory essay.
Each artist is introduced by a concise biography, followed by a study of their individual works featuring the most up-to-date research. Illustrating and describing 189 works of art, this catalogue is the definitive authority on the French paintings in Scotland’s national collection.
About the authors: Researched and written by Michael Clarke CBE, former Director of the Scottish National Gallery, and Professor Frances Fowle, Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland with conservation notes from Lesley Stevenson, Senior Paintings Conservator at the National Galleries of Scotland.
Shortlisted for the Research Book of the Year Award in Scotland's National Book Awards, 2023.
Collective quote from the authors: We are delighted to be shortlisted for this outstanding award. It recognises the importance of connoisseurship, archival research and technical analysis and will help raise awareness of the outstanding collection of French paintings at the National Galleries of Scotland.