Ithell COLQUHOUN The daughter of a civil servant in India, Margaret Ithell Colquhoun was born in Shillong, Assam on 9 October , but was. In the foreword to Ithell Colquhoun’s strange alchemical novella Goose of Hermogenes, Peter Owen paints a vivid picture of the writer and artist. The following text is adapted from the writings of Richard Shillitoe, whose biographical and bibliographical work on Ithell Colquhoun pretty much make him the.
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Ithell Colquhoun Richard Shillitoe – Goose of Hermogenes
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View all 16 artworks. Dark Fire Royal Cornwall Museum. Feroze Mehta Ferens Art Gallery. The almost Valkyrian figure of Athena strides forward with helmet and spear, very definitely the goddess of war rather than of wisdom; Juno and Aphrodite are equally self-possessed and unalluring; the seated Paris is almost an afterthought. The work of this period shows a preoccupation with analogies between the body and the landscape.
ScyllaTate has a bay which can be read as two legs. The disturbing Gouffres AmersHunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow shows a male reclining nude, decaying but still alive. Whitney Chadwick points out that the pose is derived from that historically associated with the seductive female figures of painters such as Cranach.
Colquhoun joined the Surrealists inonly to leave in because of her refusal to abandon occultism, more problematic for the British than the French group.
Later paintings were less illusionistic, drawing more on the automatist aspects of Surrealist painting. Her interest in the occult continued in her later career and she achieved a reputation as an authority on the subject.
‘Scylla’, Ithell Colquhoun, | Tate
In colqunoun s she moved to Cornwall, where she died in a fire. Remy, Surrealism in Britain http: Venues View all Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.
National Portrait Gallery, London. Southampton City Art Gallery.
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