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Robert MacBryde
(5 December 1913 - 6 May 1966) U.K.

Robert MacBryde

Painter, theatre set designer


Robert MacBryde was born in Maybole, Scotland, and worked in a factory for 5 years after leaving school. He studied art at Glasgow School of Art from 1932 to 1937. There, he met Robert Colquhoun with whom he established a lifelong love relationship and professional collaboration, the pair becoming known as "the two Roberts".

MacBryde studied and travelled in France and Italy, assisted by scholarships, returning to London in 1939. He shared studio space with Colquhoun, and the pair shared a house with John Minton and, from 1943, Jankel Adler. MacBryde held his first one-person exhibition at the Lefevre Gallery in 1943.

At the height of their acclaim they courted a large circle of friends - including Michael Ayrton, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and John Minton as well as the writers Fred Urquhart, George Barker, Elizabeth Smart, and Dylan Thomas - and were renowned for their parties at their studio.

Influenced by Graham Sutherland and John Piper, MacBryde became a well-known painter of the Modernist school of art, known for his brightly coloured Cubist studies. His later work evolved into a darker, Expressionist range of still lifes and landscapes. In collaboration with Colquhoun, he created several set designs during and after the Second World War.

During the 1950s, both MacBryde and Colquhoun lost the attention of the art scene, and as both had become heavy drinkers, serious work became almost impossible. Since neither had any private means, they were reduced at times to near destitution. Colquhoun died suddenly in 1962. Soon after MacBryde moved to Ireland, and for a time shared a house with Patrick Kavanagh, with whom he had become friendly in London. However he was still drinking heavily and seems to have made no serious effort to paint again.

Robert MacBryde died in Dublin as a result of a street accident.


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