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Figures in a Farmyard
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Figures in a Farmyard 1953

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  • Scottish Art
In 1953 Robert Colquhoun was among one hundred artists invited to paint large pictures on the theme ‘Figures in their Setting’ for an exhibition initiated by the Contemporary Art Society. Colquhoun produced one of his largest and most resolved compositions, ‘Figures in a Farmyard’ which, unusually, was preceded by numerous studies and smaller oil paintings. At this time Colquhoun and his partner, Robert MacBryde, were living at Tilty Mill, a rundown farmhouse in Essex. This work is an invented composition, but was evidently inspired by the pig farm near his then home.

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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