Eric Robertson

Scottish (1887 - 1941)
Eric Robertson Cartwheels About 1920 / 1921

Biography

Born 1887
Died 1941
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Dumfries
Death place Cheshire

Robertson was one of the most gifted students of his generation. Born in Dumfries, he moved to Edinburgh at the turn of the twentieth century and befriended the Symbolist painter, John Duncan, who became an important influence on his work. He was also inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and the French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau. Robertson featured in several group shows from 1912-4, which led to the formation of The Edinburgh Group in 1919. During the War, he was stationed with the Friends Ambulance Unit where he began to paint more landscapes, yet it is his nude figure compositions, which scandalised Edinburgh society, that he is perhaps most associated. In 1923, following the failure of his marriage he moved to Liverpool and by the early 1930s, he was largely forgotten as a painter.

Glossary terms

  • A group of painters that exhibited together in Edinburgh from 1919 to 1921. It included Cecile Walton, Dorothy Johnstone, Eric Robertson and D.M. Sutherland.