Scott canvases find beauty in simplicity

William Scott is famed for his kitchen table pots-and-pans abstracts, but a Bonham’s sale this week has their genesis

17th November, 2019
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Still Life with Fish by William Scott

William Scott is famed for his kitchen table pots-and-pans abstracts, but a Bonham’s sale this week has their genesis: a painting of his mother’s kitchen table in the house where he grew up, one of 11 children of a sign painter in an austere environment that set the template for Scott’s artistic future.

“I find beauty in plainness,” he famously said. When Scott’s father died trying to help firefighters get...

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