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Under the Apple Tree

Under the Apple Tree, 1899, by Bessie MacNicol (1869-1904).

Bessie MacNicol was probably the most important woman painter in Glasgow at the beginning of the 20th century. Having studied art in Glasgow and Paris, she established a studio in St Vincent Street where she worked until her marriage in 1899. After the wedding she moved to Hillhead to live with her husband and worked from a studio at the back of her house. She died in 1904 while pregnant with her first child.

In the late 1890s MacNicol's favourite subjects were images of young girls posing under trees in dappled sunlight. The paintings were intended to capture the youth and beauty of her subjects against a background of nature and the seasons.

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Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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