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Robert Colquhoun - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Robert Colquhoun (1914 - 1962)

Robert Colquhoun studied at the Glascow School of Art from 1933 to 1938. While in school, he met companion Robert MacBryde and the couple settled in London in 1941. During World War II, Colquhoun was employed as an ambulance driver and worked on his paintings at night. By 1943, he had become a central figure in British painting. Colquhoun's early works of agricultural labourers and workmen were strongly influenced by the colours and light of rural Ayrshire. His work developed into a more austere, Expressionist style, heavily influenced by Picasso, and concentrated on the theme of the isolated, agonised figure. From the mid 1940s to the early 1950s he was considered one of the leading artists of his generation. He was also a prolific printmaker, producing a large number of lithographs and monotypes throughout his career. During and after the Second World War he worked with MacBryde on several set designs. These included sets for Gielgud's Macbeth, King Lear at Stratford and Massine's Scottish ballet Donald of the Burthens, produced by the Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden in 1951. Robert Colquhoun died, an alcoholic, in relative obscurity in London in 1962.

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