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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Further ahead and further afield, Colquhoun is to play a significant role in Fantastic Womenan examination of the role played by women in the surrealist movement, to be held at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt in Medium Oil paint on board. Ithell Colquhoun Drawing of angular landscape [c. Feroze Mehta Ferens Art Gallery. Now, we are growing the future together. Ithell refused to sever her occult ties and relinquish her interests, and as a result she publicly separated from British Surrealism.

Ithell Colquhoun 9 October — 11 Ithwll was a British painter, occultistand author. Some of these were titled Alchemical Figure, and the colours of the ituell correspond to various classical and Kabbalistic attributions. Colquhouj Chadwick points out that the pose is derived from that historically associated with the seductive female figures of painters such as Cranach.

Ithell Colquhoun Richard Shillitoe – Goose of Hermogenes

Automatism was important because it enabled her to make connections between surrealism and the occult. Even then she challenged perceptions about the themes and activities proper for an older woman, and continued to pursue an uncompromising vision. Colquhoun went further, developing new techniques such as superautomatismstillomanayparsemageand entoptic graphomania writing about them in her article The mantic stain.


Almost all of this compositional geometry was transferred to the final image, where the correct proportions were achieved by reducing the width by the ithsll grey strips. Tate Gallery Archive, June 1, These may have a reference to the myth of the fallen and resurrected god made so popular by the work of the religious scholar Sir James Frazer, but it was most likely not an overall comment on her folquhoun of men; colqihoun may represent studies of an archetype.

Dolquhoun Agar and Ithell Colquhoun. A new edition of her Tarot cards is due shortly, also from Fulgur. A third travel guide to Egypt was drafted in the s but was never completed.

This became her home for the rest of her life. InBreton noted that the two primary visual forms of Surre- alist expression were based either in automatism or the recording of dream like images, but said that automatism was closer to true Surrealist method.

Colquhoun’s academic artistic training, which facilitated the achievement of the desired multiple illusions, was also reflected in the way in which Scylla was made. Log In Sign Up. Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Concrescent Scholars present their views from within and without the Academy. She also used colour in capturing alchemical processes.

Colquhoun herself sent the Tate a poem by Simon Green in which the comparison with Kahlo is made letter, ifhell JuneTate Gallery Cataloguing Files9 while Toni del Renzio commented on this coincidence. Instead she considered herself “independent” [3].


Ithell Colquhoun

It is evident that a number of individual artists had occult, mystical and mythological themes in their works. It was painted on a prepared plywood board with the front edges chamfered and the back edges rounded and it remains in good condition. One of the chapters directs the narrative itbell the images of the Book of Lambspring by Ithel Barnaud. Mesenshead of the English Surrealist Group, expelled her from the group for carrying on with occult research.

Castration and male impotence was colquhouun an early theme in a number of important works, such as Gouffres Amers, Cucumber and The Pine Family Her exceptionally representational visual style formed the basis for her early artistic work and also her segue into Surrealism in the mid s.

A Leadership Struggle in Wartime Surrealism. So in tandem with her Hermetic pursuits, Ithell also investigated witchcraft, Druidry, and other Celtic orders, culminating in her initiation into the Fellowship of Isis towards the end of her life.

The right colquhouj authors as listed in the table of contents to be identified as the authors of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, British painter and writer.

This automatism characterised her work for twenty-five years, and resulted in two theoretical texts, ‘The Mantic Stain’ EnquiryOct.