Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)

Highland Landscape, 1965


SKU: 11192

Signed with mongram, dated, signed and inscribed on the reverse

Fabric collage

Height – 40cm
Width – 50cm

1 in stock


The artist’s sudio; Lays, Penzance, 20 June 1991, lot 655; Christie’s, 12 Dec. 1991, lot 208; WH Lane, Penzance, 25 August 2007; with the Lander Gallery, Truro, in May 2012; Truro Auction Centre, 22 April 2021, lot 144.

Exhibited: 1969, Ithell Colquhoun: Constructions and Collages. No 21. Gallerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst. 29 Oct. – 24 November, Hamburg; 1970, Ithell Colquhoun: Paintings, Constructions, Collages. No 44.The Bristol Arts Centre. 11 July – 1 August.


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Ithell Colquhoun
1906 - 1988

Ithell Colquhoun studied at Cheltenham Art School (1925’7) and
the Slade School of Fine Art (1927’31), winning joint first prize
with Elizabeth Leslie Arnold (1909′ 2005) in the 1929 Summer
Composition Competition. 

After discovering Surrealism in Paris in 1932, she held her first
solo exhibition at Cheltenham Art Gallery in 1936 and in 1939
joined the British Surrealist Group, showing alongside Roland
Penrose (1900’1984) at the Mayor Gallery that June. She was
particularly interested in automatic painting and how it could unlock
not just the unconscious mind but also the mystical. 

Despite her expulsion from the English Surrealist Group
in 1940 due to her increasing preoccupation with the occult,
Colquhoun remained active in Surrealist circles ‘ she was married to
Toni del Renzio from 1943’48. She wrote and illustrated numerous
books, including The Living Stones: Cornwall (1957), and exhibited
at the Leicester Galleries and with the LG and WIAC. She took part
in several Surrealist retrospectives in the 1970s, including a solo show
at the Newlyn Gallery in 1976, and the terms of her will bequeathed
her studio (over 3000 works) to the National Trust.


Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)
Crane Flowers (Bird of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae)
Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)
Highland Landscape, 1965
Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)
Hyacinth and Cyclamen
Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)
Autumnal Equinox
Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)
La Cathédrale Engloutie, circa 1950
Ithell Colquhoun (1906 - 1988)
Past and Future, circa 1950