Craigie Aitchison British, 1926 - 2009

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Craigie Aitchison - Tulips in a Glass, 2007
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British. Cool.
March 2024
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 GBP
Realised: 960 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Holy Island, 2001
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British. Cool.
March 2024
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Craigie Aitchison, R.A. - Tree, Star and Moon
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Modern British and Irish Art Day Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 GBP
Realised: 32.760 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Still life with Birds and Berries, 2001
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British. Cool.
March 2024
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 GBP
Realised: 1.152 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Washing Line Montecastelli, 2004
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British. Cool.
March 2024
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 GBP
Realised: 1.280 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Crucifixion 2001
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Prints and Multiples
September 2023
Bonhams, Skinner Marlborough, Massachusetts
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Crucifixion
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Prints and Multiples
September 2023
Bonhams, Skinner Marlborough, Massachusetts
Est.: 1.200 - 1.800 GBP
Realised: 1.536 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Bedlington (Dog) in Red
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Prints and Multiples
September 2023
Bonhams, Skinner Marlborough, Massachusetts
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 GBP
Realised: 14.080 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Lamentation
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Modern British & Irish Art
June 2023
Bonhams, London
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 GBP
Realised: 8.960 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison, R.A. - Bird-Vase Still Life on Blue
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The Robin and Rupert Hambro Collection
June 2023
Christies, London
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 GBP
Realised: 44.100 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Lemon And Birds
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Prints and Multiples
June 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 500 - 700 GBP
Realised: 1.536 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Indian Print II
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Prints and Multiples
June 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 600 - 800 GBP
Realised: 1.408 GBP
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The artist Craigie Aitchison

  • Scottish painter of naïve art.
  • Known for his Crucifixion motif, of which one is placed behind the altar of Liverpool Cathedral.
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1978.

Ronald Craigie Aitchison, born 13 January 1926 in Edinburgh, and deceased 21 December 2009 in London, was a Scottish painter who became famous for his colourful canvas paintings. His central subjects include various depictions of the crucifixion of Jesus, dogs, horses, as well as portraits and Italian landscapes. His work is often described with a »mystical quality« and in this respect compared to the styles of Piero della Francesca, Milton Avery and William Blake.

With his simple form of expression and his simple colour scheme, Aitchison is also classified as a naïve painter. Although Aitchison was not a regular churchgoer, the biblical narrative of the crucifixion made a lasting impression on him, as he found it intrinsically »central to the human experience« and regarded it as a still relevant social image. His intention was to reproduce this allegory as a kind of memorial »as long as humanity exists«.

In many paintings, he depicts the Christ figure without arms - as he says, this is because everyone knows who is depicted in the crucifixion subject anyway, so that the the arms are unnecessary. One of his crucifixion works can be found in the chapter house of Liverpool Cathedral. Aitchison first began studying law at the University of Edinburgh, but dropped out;

only then did he turn to art when he attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 1978 he became a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. During his lifetime there were several retrospectives of his work: at the Serpentine Gallery in London (1981), at Harewood House near Leeds (1994) and at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (1996).

Der Künstler Craigie Aitchison

  • Schottischer Maler der naiven Kunst.
  • Eines seiner Kreuzigungsmotive ist hinter dem Altar der Kathedrale von Liverpool zu sehen.
  • Seit 1978 Mitglied der Royal Academy of Arts.

Ronald Craigie Aitchison, geb. am13.01.1926 in Edinburgh, gest. am 21.12.2009 in London, war ein schottischer Maler, der für seine farbenfrohen Leinwandmalereien bekannt geworden ist. Seine zentralen Motive waren verschiedene Darstellungen der Kreuzigung Jesu, Hunde, Pferde sowie Porträts und italienische Landschaften. Seine Werke werden oftmals mit einer »mystischen Qualität« beschrieben und diesbezüglich mit den Stilen von Piero della Francesca, Milton Avery und William Blake  verglichen.

Mit seinen einfachen Darstellungsformen und seiner schlichten Farbgebung wird Aitchison auch der naiven Malerei zugeordnet. Obwohl Aitchison kein regelmäßiger Kirchengänger war, beeindruckte ihn das biblische Narrativ der Kreuzigung nachhaltig, da er es an sich als »zentral für die menschliche Erfahrung« empfand und darin ein immer noch relevantes gesellschaftliches Bild sah – das der Verbündung einer Menschengruppe gegen eine einzelne Person.

Seine Intention war es daher, dieses Sinnbild als eine Art Mahnmal zu reproduzieren, »solange die Menschheit existiere«. In vielen Gemälden bildet er die Christusfigur ohne Arme ab – seinen eigenen Angaben zufolge, weil ohnehin jeder wisse, wer im Kreuzigungsmotiv abgebildet ist, so dass die Darstellung der Arme überflüssig sei. Eine seiner Arbeiten mit Kreuzigungsmotiv ist heute im Kapitelsaal der Kathedrale von Liverpool zu finden.

Aitchison begann zunächst ein Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der University of Edinburgh, das er jedoch abbrach; erst danach wandte er sich der Kunst zu, als er die Slade School of Fine Art in London besuchte. 1978 wurde er zum Mitglied der Royal Academy of Arts. Noch zu Lebzeiten gab es mehrere Retrospektiven seiner Arbeiten: in der Serpentine Gallery in London (1981), im Harewood House bei Leeds (1994) und in der Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (1996).

Craigie Aitchison - Pink Crucifixion
Auction
Prints and Multiples
June 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 2.560 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Still-Life With Bird Vase
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Prints and Multiples
June 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 500 - 700 GBP
Realised: 1.216 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Magpie (Pica Pica), From Nine London Birds
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Prints and Multiples
June 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 700 - 1.000 GBP
Realised: 1.536 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Crucifixion
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 GBP
Realised: 6.120 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Mixed flowers 40.6 x 40.6 cm. (16 x 16 in.) Painted circa 1956
Auction
Modern British and Irish Art
November 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 16.575 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Anemones with red background 40.6 x 40.6 cm. (16 x 16 in.) Painted circa 1956/7
Auction
Modern British and Irish Art
November 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 7.650 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison - Pink Crucifixion
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Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 GBP
Realised: 3.276 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Indian Crucifixion
Auction
Prints and Multiples
September 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.200 - 1.800 GBP
Realised: 2.550 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Bird with Red Background
Auction
Modern British and Irish Art
June 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 17.213 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison, R.A. - Crucifixion
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Modern British and Irish Art Day Sale
March 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 13.860 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Sheep in the Moonlight
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Prints and Multiples
December 2021
Bonhams, London
Est.: 800 - 1.200 GBP
Realised: 1.530 GBP
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Craigie Aitchison C.B.E., R.S.A., R.A. - Crucifixion 2001
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Prints and Multiples
December 2021
Bonhams, London
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 GBP
Realised: 7.013 GBP
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