Maxwell, John
John Maxwell loved to paint nature; lush landscapes of silvery rocks, red sandstone and impressive cliffs often appear in his work. Dalbeattie, where he was born and later retired to paint, was the centre of his universe. The familiar streets of granite houses, as depicted in 'Street', were transformed by his imagination into something otherworldly. Known as a 'visionary artist', he is often referred to as a 'Scottish Chagall'. Maxwell was not a prolific artist, often destroying his work, and at the time of his death only two hundred works were listed in his memorial exhibition. Ann Jones
  • Artwork Details: 68.6 x 76.8cm
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  • Material description: watercolour on paper
  • Credit line: © The Maxwell Family
  • Theme: Urban Scene
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 124



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