Ithell Colquhoun

ITHELL COLQUHOUN (1906–88) was a painter and writer whose works contributed greatly to the British Surrealist movement before and after the Second World War. Colquhoun's phantasmagoric landscapes, her psychically complex and penetrating portraits, hang on the walls of major galleries across the country.

The daughter of a civil servant in India, Colquhoun was born in Assam but was soon returned to England. She studied at Cheltenham Art School and the Slade School of Art, after which she took studios around Europe, studying under the likes of Paul Vézelay and André Breton.

In 1942 she married fellow surrealist Toni del Renzio. An acrimonious divorce in 1947 also saw Colquhoun informally separate from the Surrealist movement, leaving her free to explore her interest in mysticism, the esoteric and the occult. The results of this preoccupation are most evident in her writing, which includes the short novel Goose of Hermogenes (1961) and two earlier travelogues, The Crying of the Wind (1955) and The Living Stones (1957). She died in Lamorna, Cornwall.



Goose Of Hermogenes

Goose Of Hermogenes

Ithell Colquhoun was a leading British surrealist artist and writer, whose love of the esoteric an..

Goose of Hermogenes (Special Illustrated Edition)

Goose of Hermogenes (Special Illustrated Edition)

Publication delayed – expected 2018 With an introduction by Richard Shillitoe Ithell Colquhoun w..

The Crying Of The Wind: Ireland

The Crying Of The Wind: Ireland

In The Crying of the Wind, the British surrealist painter and writer Ithell Colquhoun recalls episod..

The Living Stones: Cornwall

The Living Stones: Cornwall

In The Living Stones, the British surrealist painter and writer Ithell Colquhoun drifts through Corn..

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