Title: Gethsemane
Size: 33.5cm x 44cm
Medium: Etching

Additional Information
1" silver antique effect frame under glass. Signed, titled and inscribed "for Alex and Christina Young with affection from Ian F." This is Fleming’s most celebrated work, made at the age of twenty-five. It depicts Christ’s agony on the Mount of Olives in a contemporary setting, in the manner of Stanley Spencer. Portraying Christ in a modern dress raised some eyebrows when the print was first displayed. Having recently returned from a travelling scholarship in France and Spain, Fleming took some of the elements in the background from studies made on his trip. These are combined with Glasgow scenery, such as the rock formations, which are inspired by the fossil grove in Victoria Park in the west of the city. The figure of Christ also appears to be a self-portrait. (National Galleries of Scotland website)


About the Artist

Ian Fleming RSA RSW is a landscape painter in oil and watercolour, also etcher. Landscape, portaiture, genre and semi abstracts. Studied Glasgow School of Art 1924-29, specialising in engraving, colour woodcuts and lithography.

After further studies in Paris he toured southern France and Spain before returning to teach at Glasgow School of Art 1931-47 with a wartime break that saw him first as a Glasgow reserve policeman (recorded in a series of etchings) and from 1941 in the Pioneer Corps, demobbed 1946 with the rank of major.

In Aberdeen he resuscitated the Aberdeen Artists Society in  1958. After retirement in 1971, founded Peacock Printmakers and Artspace. Warden of Patrick Allan Fraser Art College, Arbroath, 1948-54. Head of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen 1954. Lived in Aberdeen for many years. One of Scotland’s most important twentieth century etchers. Prepared some memorable scenes of wartime Glasgow. Elected RSW 1946, ARSA 1947, RSA 1956.

Exhibited almost annually from 1929, RA(4), GI(93) & frequently at the AAS 1959-78.

Represented in SNGMA, Belfast AG, Bradford AG, Dundee AG, Glasgow AG, City of Edinburgh Collection (2), Lillie AG (Milngavie), Liverpool AG, Newcastle AG, Paisley AG, Perth AG, RSA, Biblioteque-Nationale, Paris.

Biography: The Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture - Peter J M McEwan.