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The White Mountain

William Stott
1888

Alpine landscape of a snowymountain peak in distance with glacier in the foreground.

William Stott was born and brought up in Oldham, though he spent his adult life in France. He placed himself in extreme conditions to paint over 30 sketches of the Swiss Alps. He climbed high up into the mountains so that he could view the peaks on their level, rather than painting them looking upwards. This helps to give this painting its almost abstract composition.

Stott then worked the sketches up in the studio into a series of paintings, including The White Mountain.

Stott was one of the rising stars of the British art world in the 1880s. His landscapes are strikingly modern in composition and he was also an excellent pastellist. His fluctuating style, mixed critical reception and tragically early death at sea contributed to the demise of his reputation.

Gallery Oldham held a major exhibition of his work in 2003 and his work has undergone a critical reappraisal in recent years.