Arguably the artist’s finest and most ambitious work, this stunning example of post Impressionism dates to around 1910. Depicting a scene from the artist’s garden, the expansive springtime landscape bears all the attributes one associates with the artist’s oeuvre. Houston is now regarded as one of the preeminent exponents of Scottish Impressionism whose paintings can be found in numerous important collections both public and private. George Houston was born in the small town of Dalry, Ayrshire in 1869 and as a young man studied art at a local art school. He was soon displaying great promise and continued his education at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Because of this extended period of study it was not until he was twenty-eight years of age that he first exhibited at a principal art exhibition. Within a few years his work became so appreciated that he was invited, in 1909, to become an Associate Member of the Royal Scottish Academy. For the next nearly forty years he continued to paint the landscapes of his beloved Ayrshire with a fast yet confident brush stroke and a pleasing, soft palette. He would exhibit at every major Scottish academy and in 1924 was given the highest honor available to Scottish painters’ when he was made a Full Member of the Royal Scottish Academy enabling him to have the letters R.S.A after his name. George Houston died in 1947. A large and important work entitled simply ‘Landscape in Ayrshire’ is on permanent exhibition in Scotland at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.