William Scott

1913-1989

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Status, price and estimate by artist William Scott

Price of a painting: 7,000 – 672 400 €.

Price of a drawing: 90 – 40,900 €.

Estimation of a print: 110 – 6,200 €.

Tapestry: 590 – 9,700 €.

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William Scott’s career path

William Scott is a British artist born in 1913 to Scottish and Irish parents. His father was a painter and composer, but lost his life in an accident in 1927 while trying to save people from a fire. William studied at the Model School and enrolled in evening classes to learn more about art at the Technical School run by Kathleen Bridle. He then went on to study at the Belfast College of art from 1928. Three years later he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy in London. There he won a silver medal. When he lived in London for his studies, he shared his room with three men from the town of Swandea in Wales, the painters Mervyn Levy, Alfred Janes and the poet Dylan Thomas. In 1935 he won a scholarship to Leverhulme.

The impact of the Second World War

Scott married in 1937 and lived for two years in several cities around the world, but mainly in Italy and France where he founded an art school in the town of Pont-Aven, Brittany. In 1939, after the outbreak of the Second World War, he abruptly returned to Great Britain, leaving most of his work in the hands of Julia Correlleau for safekeeping. He stayed six months in Dublin where his first son Robert was born. During the early years of the war, he helped run an art school in the city of Bath. He moved to the village of High Littleton in 1941. His second son, James, was born in July, this time in the town of Wells. He volunteered the following year, 1942, to join the navy, but was accepted into the army. After serving with many regiments, he joined the Royal Engineers and remained there until 1946, learning lithography in the map-making section.

The same year he returned to Pont-Aven to try to find a work he had made before the war, but was unable to find it.

Post-1945

In the ten years following WWII, Scott was a lecturer at the Bath Academy of Art. In the summer of 1953 he visited the United States and met Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Elaine de Kooning and Mark Rothko. His work also began to become abstract in 1952, a period when Abstract Expressionism was inescapable. Nevertheless, he returned to his style and European roots and died in 1989.

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