Born in Fife in 1885, John Maclauchlan Milne, was the son of the traditional landscape artist, Joseph Milne. Mentored by his father, whose work was notable for its strong, bright tones, Maclauchlan Milne was inspired by the colours and the light that he encountered during on his travels in Europe.
Spending a vast majority of his time between 1919 – 1932 visiting France, Paris proved to be hugely influential in Maclauchlan Milne's artistic career. He fell in love with Paris and immersed himself in the bohemian world of Paris café culture, much like that of his Scottish predecessors, Samuel John Peploe and John Duncan Fergusson. The three Parisian scenes included in our December Socttish Paintings auction, Café Scene, Boats on the Seine and Promenade show the influences of these highly respected artists.
Café Scene shows a bustling café with fashionable Parisian clientele. With one or two brush strokes Maclauchlan Milne is able to create the starched white collar of the gentleman at lunch and the parasol of a fashionable lady.
A moment of calm in the city is depicted in Boats on the Seine. Two figures carry on with their daily chores on the single vessel docked on the riverside as the hustle and bustle of busy Parisian life rushes by on the bridge above.
The Tuileries Gardens depicted in Promenade is a scene that Maclauchlan Milne has illustrated numerous times, each example capturing a different time of day and group of figures. Here, the viewer enjoys a sense of movement, with the fountain flowing skyward and figures enjoying a promenade on a sunny Parisian day.
An internationally renown artist, Maclauchlan Milne exhibited in New York, at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Glasgow Institute. He was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1937 and continued to show there until his death in 1957. We are delighted to offer these three captivating works by Maclauchlan Milne in our forthcoming Scottish Paitings auction on 5 December in Edinburgh.
AUCTION | Scottish Paintings | Thursday, 5th December at 6pm | Edinburgh
VIEWING | Sun 1 December 12pm - 4pm | Mon 2 - Wed 4 December 10am - 5pm | Thurs 5 December 9am - 2pm