Margaret Morris Movement

Exactly Their Pleasure

  • Our Friends | Lecture or talk
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the Academy building. No admittance to the gallery before 6:15pm)
  • Wednesday 7 November, 6:30–8:30pm
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Richard Emerson will tell the story behind his new book, Rhythm & Colour examining the life, work and loves of the avant-garde dancers Hélène Vanel, Loïs Hutton and Margaret Morris. Their theatres in Chelsea, Paris and the French Riviera attracted, among many others, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Salvador Dali, the Duke of Windsor and Maréchal Pétain, Pablo Picasso and James Joyce, whose daughter Lucia was among their pupils.

Two love stories: Loïs and Hélène’s love for each other and the Scottish Colourists’ enduring affair with the French Riviera, play out as Modernity, Expressionism and Surrealism mix with sex and snobbery in the earth-floored room of a half-ruined village house that was their theatre.