Fantastic Landscape

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Alexander Allan
Born Dundee, 1914-1972

Fantastic Landscape circa 1938

Oil on board
Scottish Arts Council Bequest, 1998
Museum number 1998-11

Allan studied in Dundee, London and Arbroath between 1932 and 1939. He is known as an exceptional draughtsman and painter of meticulously rendered landscapes, still lifes and portraits.

'Fantastic Landscape' is a relatively early work and clearly shows the influence of his teachers at Dundee - Edward Baird, James McIntosh Patrick and James Cowie.

The enigmatic still-life in the foreground, reveals an interest in Surrealism and Oriental art. It is depicted in fine detail which, contrasts with the softer technique used to create the atmospheric Angus landscape, with the peaks of Mount Blair, Glas Tulchan and Cairnwell in the background. The resulting image is at once beautiful, mysterious and sinister.

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