Figures in a Farmyard
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Figures in a Farmyard 1953
  • Scottish Art
This is probably Colquhoun's largest work. It was painted while he was living in a cottage close to a farm, near Dunmow in Essex. The figures represent the farmer and his wife. The cubist-inspired style of angular forms and contours is typical of Colquhoun's work of the period. In the same year that this work was painted, Colquhoun desiged costumes for a new production of King Lear; the flattened, stage-set forms in this painting may owe something to that project.

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A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.



  • Acc. No. GMA 1306
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 185.40 x 143.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1974