20th Century Art In the Smith Collections

20th century art with a Stirling twist

The latest exhibition from the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum collections, focuses on the change of contemporary style over a period of 100 years.

The twentieth century art on show is very much from the Stirling point of view. The work of Helen Flockhart, one of the most accomplished painters of her generation, is well known, as is that of her partner Peter Thomson. The award-winning works for the Smith’s 1996 Brave Art Exhibition, now in the Smith’s collection, are featured in the exhibition, together with similar themed work by Joan Sommerville and Graeme Myles.

Six battles which changed the course of Scottish History took place in and around Stirling and it is not surprising that Bannockburn features, in the form of Pilkington Jackson’s maquette of the King of Scots in Battle, completed in 1968.

Many artists who lived and worked in the Stirling area are featured – Nellie Harvey (1865-1949) niece of Sir George Harvey PRSA, John Munnoch, M.Fleming Struthers, Steven Campbell and Sir D Y Cameron, it is thanks to the generosity of Cameron that the Smith owns the stunning portrait of the artist Cecile Walton, painted in 1913.
Although the exhibition has many beautiful Stirling scenes there are also significant works by Scots from Elsewhere – Crozier, Gilles, Lesley Banks and a host of others.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum

The Stirling Smith opened in 1874, our founder Thomas Stuart Smith, bequest the Smith Institute as a place of learning and a home to his European art collection.

Today the renamed Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, still shares its parrions for art but also tells the story of the area and the lives of the people who lived in it.

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