Gear was born in Methil, Fife, and attended Edinburgh College of Art. Between 1937 and 1938 he studied for a brief time under Fernand Leger in Paris, though the War interrupted this experience. From 1947-1950 he lived in Paris and became affiliated to the COBRA movement, an informal grouping of artists from the northern countries. Their work became known for its spontaneous, rebellious style, influenced by Primitivism and the work of children. His works, such as this, of the late 1940s and early 1950s are marked by direct handling and jagged drawing. Although seemingly abstract, there are hints in them of the shapes of trees and other forms of nature.

  • Material/Medium: Oil and gouache on card
  • Date: 1949
  • Creator: William Gear
  • Accession number: 1997.668
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a