|This website presents paintings by Edwin G Lucas, a Scottish artist who lived from 1911 to 1990. His paintings are Modernist in style and many feature Surrealist elements developed during the 1930s.
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A new exhibition of Edwin's work will open on 6th February at the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh and run until 28th February 2015. This exhibition explores the development of Edwin's unique style from his first Surrealist works in 1939 to the solo exhibitions he held in the 1950s. Click here for details, including images of all the paintings.
Picture of the Month - The Outpost, 1939
For the next few months we're illustrating Edwin's journey from a painter of conventional landscapes in the 1930s to produducing Surrealist works that are quite unlike anything his contemporaries were doing in the 40s and early 50s.
This month we feature The Outpost, painted in October 1939. It is annotated "Op.4 No.3" on the back and is one of a series of works Edwin annotated in this way when he first started working in his own studio. We know he started renting a studio from Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in 1939 and that he suddenly started producing a lot of Surrealist drawings and paintings in August 1939. We think he probably moved into the studio at the start of August and immediately started giving his paintings "Opus" numbers as follows:
The musical terminology of these works begs comparison with some of Paul Klee's work. Klee produced a set of etchings between 1903 and 1905 that he termed his Opus 1, subtitled "Inventionen" (another musical term). Interestingly, he later refetrred to these as "surrealistic outposts".
- He created three Opus 2 works in August 1939. The first is a watercolour showing the aftermath of a party, including several dozen beer bottles. We guess this was his house-warming party! The other Opus 2 works are his first Surrealist paintings, Diagnosis 1 and The Shape of the Night. These were also his first oil paintings (with just one exception painted previously). By the way, we think he started with Opus 2 as a way of differentiating his new work from his previous work which mainly consisted of watercolour landscapes.
- Opus 3 consists of a few watercolour landscapes he painted in October 1939. He also called these "Divertimentos", this being a musical term for "light" works. We think Edwin used this term to differentiate these watercolours from his new Surrealist oil paintings.
- Opus 4 was also painted in October 1939. No record remains of the first one, the second is Moonlit Walk which we featured last month, and the third is this painting, The Outpost.
The Outpost, 1939, Oil on Canvas, 32cm x 52cm
This painting will be shown in the Fine Art Society exhibition that opens on 6th February 2015.