Come and visit our new collection website, featuring over 90,000 new object records and 35,000 newly digitised artworks
Masked Figures and Horse
© The Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library. All rights reserved.

Reference URL

See also

Masked Figures and Horse Dated 1953

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In 1943 Colquhoun met the Polish artist Jankel Adler who encouraged him to paint from his imagination rather than from observation. Previously concerned with still life and landscape, Colquhoun now turned to concentrate on the figure and he began to explore figurative and animal compositions. This lithograph shows two masked or helmeted figures with a large horse’s head dominating the foreground. The bold, simplified forms almost certainly demonstrate the influence of Picasso and Colquhoun had recently seen the large Picasso exhibition in London. The strong division of the composition into foreground and background calls to mind Colquhoun’s set design for the British theatre, which he was commissioned to produce the same year.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.


A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Commission, Composition, Figurative art, Lithograph, Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 3311
  • Medium Colour lithograph on paper
  • Size 48.90 x 34.40 cm (paper 66.50 x 51.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987