Robert MacBryde Still Life About 1947 © Estate of Robert MacBryde


Born 1913
Died 1966
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Maybole
Death place Dublin

MacBryde's life and career are inextricably linked with Robert Colquhoun. Born in Maybole in Ayrshire, MacBryde met Colquhoun at Glasgow School of Art, where he studied from 1932 to 1937. MacBryde had the more dominant personality of the pair, and a highly-strung temperament. His works are generally smaller than Colquhoun's and are mainly still lifes. He had a fine sense for colour and formal composition.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate, everyday objects. Although the genre has been in existence since ancient times, it was popularised in Holland after the Renaissance in the sixteenth century and has continued to be explored in contemporary times.