Leslie Hunter


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Scottish painter of landscapes, still-lifes, and occasional portraits, one of the Scottish Colourists who introduced a knowledge of modern French painting to their country. He was born in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, and in 1892 emigrated with his family to California, where between 1899 and 1906 he studied in San Francisco and then worked there as a painter and illustrator. In 1904 he visited New York and Paris. Much of his early work was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, ruining an exhibition he was planning, and in that year he returned to Scotland, settling in Glasgow. There he was supported by the dealer Alexander Reid (1854–1928), who played an important role in promoting a taste for French painting. His first one-man show was in 1913. Hunter's best-known works are perhaps his views of Loch Lomond, which through his eyes looks so French that it could almost be the River Seine at Argenteuil (Reflections, Balloch, 1929–30, NG of Modern Art, Edinburgh).

Subjects: Art.

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