Figure painting and interior scenes are rarely associated with James Paterson's name. Yet although few are known today, he did exhibit paintings of that kind from 1880 onwards. 'At the Organ' shows the artist's wife Eliza seated in front of the organ that dominated one end of his studio in Killniess. Both husband and wife were keen music lovers, and Eliza was a talented musician who had studied singing in Dresden with Paterson's younger sister.
Such private and personal statements, inspired by the artist's domestic environment and displaying a knowledge of tonal values as well as an admiration for Whistler and his decorative qualities, were typical of the direction the Glasgow Boys were taking in the mid to late 1880s.
'James Paterson: Works from the Artist's studio' runs from 26 March - 27 September 2010 at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.