William Macdonald

1883 - 1960

William Macdonald, like so many artists of his generation, trained in Paris at the start of 20th century, at the dawn of the Modernist era. Friend of the Scottish Colourists, his work merits a
place in history alongside them, and yet he has been largely overlooked, perhaps overshadowed
by his showier contemporaries. Macdonald's style is individual, his palette restrained and his compositions founded on strong draughtsmanship. Whilst painting alongside his contemporaries in Edinburgh, Cassis and Kirkcudbright, Macdonald also followed his own path, with a strong affinity with Spain informing much of his most successful work. As husband to Beatrice Huntington, the couple formed a strong partnership and enjoyed a shared creative history.