This is a rare 1940s painting by the listed Scottish artist, Charles Denis Pulsford (ARSA) (1912 - 1989).
It is not a typical work by the artist - and is perhaps a more personal representation and reminiscence of his time in combat during WWII. I am sure that the soldier in the tin helmet carrying boxes with two gas masks - to the right-hand side of the painting is actually a self-portrait by Pulsford.
It is painted using a dark palette suitable for the dark subject matter - and is on canvas.
The painting is signed lightly to the dark area in the bottom right-hand corner - as shown in my third photograph.
The image is 44.5 x 64.5 cm - and the frame is 57.5 x 77.5 cm.
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This is a very rare image in the history of Scottish modern art - and has been painted by a fine artist who was elected an Associate Member of the RSA.
Pulsford was born in Staffordshire to Scottish parents who settled in Dunfermline when he was a child.
He attended Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). His artistic studies were interrupted by war service - and he was in the army for two years. This period is documented in this painting by him.
Following the end of the Second World War, a number of Scottish artists turned their backs on this more traditional style of painting and turned to modernism and abstraction.
Alan Davie, William Turnbull, William Gear and Eduardo Paolozzi are recognised as the key artists of this group, but Pulsford, whose work is less well-known, may be regarded as ‘the fifth man’.
Pulsford was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1959.
He taught at the Edinburgh College of Art, 1947-60 and after teaching briefly at Loughborough College of Art, appointed vice-principal and Head of Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, retiring in 1970. Pulsford published a collection of theoretical writings: 'The Creative Cell' the same year. His work is held by the Scottish Arts Council and an exhibition of his works on paper was held in 1992 at the William Hardie Gallery, Glasgow.
Examples of his more modernist works are in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. They also featured in the exhibition held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s "A New Era: Scottish Modern Art 1900-1950". Examples of his work is also held by the Scottish Arts Council and an exhibition of his works on paper was held in 1992 at the William Hardie Gallery, Glasgow.
This interesting painting of how an artist depicts his involvement in the war should really be in a specialist military museum or public collection.
The archive of Charles Pulsford’s life and work is held by the Demarco EA Foundation in Edinburgh,