David Montagu Douglas Scott’s strong, idiosyncratic draughtsmanship and innate sense of design led to daring compositions. As shown here in his depiction of Venice, the artist uses of colour and perspective boldly, and to great effect. This lends his paintings an originality that is at once charming and awe-inspiring.
This work is a perfect example of Scott’s favoured palette. Scott especially liked to use shades of blue in his works, which enhanced their soothing effect. His wife was once told by an artist at a Royal Academy dinner that, “As far as I remember your husband’s paintings are rather blue.” Her reply came, “And yours, I believe, are rather brown. And I’d rather blue than brown, wouldn’t you?”