Beyond the Sun : Scotland's Favourite Paintings, Hardback Book

Beyond the Sun : Scotland's Favourite Paintings Hardback

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For years, Scotland has nurtured the connection between literature and art.

This collection adds a further dimension to this flowering connection between poetry and painting.

Topping the list of Scotland's favourite paintings is Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross, but also included are poignant classics such as Avril Paton's Windows in the West and Sir Henry Raeburn's Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch.

Edwin Morgan, Scotland's National Poet, was so fascinated and inspired by the paintings that he wrote a poem to honour each one.

The result is a wonderfully moving collection.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Painting & paintings
  • ISBN: 9781905222728



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Beyond the Sun is an interesting little book. In 2005, the Glasgow Herald ran a reader's poll to determine Scotland's favourite paintings. A short list was duly drawn up of the top ten, and this was published. Shortly after, to her surprise, the Arts Editor of the Herald received an unsolicited letter from Edwin Morgan, Scotland's Poet Laureate, offering her ten poems, one for each painting, of his thoughts as inspired by each picture. The poems were duly published in the Herald, and have now been released as this short book.I am hugely fond of Morgan and his work, and this is a wonderful juxtaposition of the images, his thoughts as inspired by the pictures, and his thoughts, indirectly, on those who have voted these pictures as the favourites of a nation. It's a puzzlebox of insightful commentary, in a bitesize form, and it was a pleasure to read and digest.

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