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The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde

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'The biography of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde is so compelling that, even if their work had only been so-so, it’d still be a tale worth telling, a story of fickle fashion and the enduring power of true love. However, as this gripping retrospective proves, their paintings were remarkable — muscular, unsentimental and utterly unique' - The Spectator

Still Life by Robert MacBryde - The Two Roberts

Marking the National Galleries of Scotland's 2014 major retrospective of the work of the Robert MacBryde and Robert Colquhoun, this significant publication celebrates the work and short lives of these important and celebrated Scottish artists.

The two Roberts met at Glasgow School of Art, forming a close friendship and soon becoming lovers. In 1941 they moved to London where, they became part of the celebrated Soho group that included Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Keith Vaughan and Dylan Thomas. 

By the 1950s their post-cubist work - much influenced by Picasso - became enormously successful. In the 1950s they established worldwide reputations. Colquhoun's drinking and temperament caught up with him and he died almost penniless in 1962. MacBryde was killed in a car accident four years later.

This catalogue with over 90 illustrations accompanies the only show to exhibit both artists together. The authors refer to previously unpublished letters and explore the Two Roberts' individual art practice as well as works the two executed together.

  • Author: Patrick Elliott
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Date published: December 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1906270742
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 24.4 x 1.3 cm

'This exhibition reveals the sheer magnetism, energy and originality which lies beneath [the artists'] work. Beautifully curated' - The Herald 

'This show bursts with the vivid energies of work ripe for rediscovery'  - The Independent

'The biography of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde is so compelling that, even if their work had only been so-so, it’d still be a tale worth telling, a story of fickle fashion and the enduring power of true love. However, as this gripping retrospective proves, their paintings were remarkable — muscular, unsentimental and utterly unique' - The Spectator