Two shows at Edinburgh’s Fine Art Society begin in March.
A display of British printmaking from the 18th to 20th centuries includes many Scottish names, with work by Sir Muirhead Bone, Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Gertrude Hermes, Robin Tanner, William Wilson, James McIntosh Patrick, James McNeill Whistler, and others.
Meanwhile at both its Edinburgh and London galleries, Peter de Francia’s vibrant and dynamic compositions betray the modernistic influence of Pablo Picasso. Sometimes dark or humorous, de Francia (Italian-British, 1921 – 2012) often worked large-scale, covering combat and struggle as well as bucolic settings of industry and recreation. Although distinct, these two narrative themes share a sensitive but unsentimental preoccupation with human experience; this exhibition displays (overtly and quietly) political works from the 1950s to 1980s.
The exhibitions can also be viewed on the Society’s website. The Society continues to exhibit the best of Scottish art across the centuries and British art, design and furniture.