The Ritualists

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David McClure
Lochwinnoch, 1926-1998

The Ritualists, 1962

Oil on board
Purchased 1963 with the Morris Trust Fund
Museum number 4-1963

McClure studied at Edinburgh College of Art. A travelling scholarship enabled him to work in Spain for a year and on his return he taught part-time at ECA and spent time working in Florence and Sicily.

McClure’s work sits firmly within the tradition of twentieth-century Scottish painting, characterized by strength of colour and confident handling of paint. This is an early work from an important series based on McClure’s experience living and working in Florence and Sicily during 1956 to 1957, as well as his experiences in Spain. He explores the ceremony, symbolism and colour at the heart of much Catholic worship. He painted a second version of the subject with the same title a year later, which includes a seated male nude.

The Ritualists
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