Puppet show, Modena

Colquhoun was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. He met Robert MacBryde at Glasgow School of Art. The pair became inextricably linked, garnering the name 'the Two Roberts'. A number of travelling scholarships allowed them to study in Italy and France. After a stint in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Edinburgh, he was invalided out and the Roberts moved to London, where they became associated with the neo-Romantic movement. Their experience of avant-garde French art meant their work was also inspired by Picasso, Braque and Wyndham Lewis. In 1943 the Polish artist Jankel Adler took a studio in their building and encouraged Colquhoun to paint from imagination and experience as opposed to from a model. His work became more austere, concentrating on the theme of the isolated, agonised figure.

  • Material/Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Date: 1951
  • Creator: Robert Colquhoun
  • Accession number: 1997.665
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a