A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

City Art Centre Exhibition: A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson starts Nov.

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About A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a pioneering Edinburgh-born biologist whose theories about the growth of organisms had a profound impact on 20th century art.

His ground-breaking book On Growth and Form was first published in 1917, but its influence stretched far beyond Thompson’s own lifetime. It laid the foundations for the future study of mathematical biology and provided the inspiration for generations of artists to explore its ideas. Thompson’s legacy unites these seemingly opposite fields. As the art critic Herbert Read told him, “you have built the bridge between science and art”.

In 2011 the University of Dundee Museum Services received a grant from the Art Fund RENEW scheme to develop a collection of artworks inspired by D’Arcy Thompson. This exhibition showcases the highlights of the collection, with works by modern and contemporary artists including Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Will Maclean, Susan Derges and Daniel Brown.

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