This summer we are delighted to present a selection of 20th Century Scottish painting to continue our examination of the modern spirit in Scottish art.

Scotland has always produced a seemingly disproportionate number of the best painters in succeeding eras of British art from the 18th Century onwards. In the last hundred years, the period of modernism, the Scottish contribution has been distinctive, sometimes against the grain of the pervading culture and its proliferation of ‘isms’, often characterised by the use of strong colour.

However there is enough variety of approach within the Scottish School to undermine the case for its existence; art is always more about individuality than cultural hegemony.

Artists include: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, John Byrne, James Cowie, William Crosbie, Pat Douthwaite, J.D. Fergusson, John Houston, Peter Howson, William Johnstone, Robert MacBryde, Sir William MacTaggart, David McClure, James Morrison, Alberto Morrocco, S.J. Peploe, Sir Robin Philipson, Perpetua Pope, Barbara Rae