NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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Beach Scene

by

George Duffy

BeachScene
Beach Scene by George Duffy
Oil on Canvas
34 x 44.5 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL02091

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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The dazzling bright blue of the sky and sea dominates this painting, and is rendered even more striking by the shimmering white sand in the foreground and the thin high cloud trail in the distance. There are three different shades of blue, dividing the background, middle ground and foreground.

Small areas of dark rocks at either side of the canvas form a frame for the scene and together with the rivulets of sea which divide the beach, draw the viewer's eye in to the middle distance. The horizon between sky and sea is only just perceptible and we sense that we are immersed in a world of light and heat.

This beach scene could, geographically, be anywhere in the world, from a desert island overlooking land to a sunny Scottish shore across from a mountain landscape. The artist allows the viewer to imagine this for themselves, picturing their own personal paradise.
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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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