William Roberts RA, Fishermen, 1968

William Roberts RA, Fishermen, 1968, 457mm x 343mm

William Roberts RA. Born 1895 in London, where he continued to live except for periods as a War Artist in World Wars I and II. Studied at St, Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School. Painter in oil and watercolour of figure subjects, of everyday scenes and portraits. Although his early work was influenced by Cubism (he was a member of the Vorticists) his style whether in oil or watercolour is unmistakably his own. The people of his vision, although realistic, are solid, stiff and formalised. Each one is made to contribute to a very carefully organised overall design which completely fills the picture - nothing can be taken away and nothing added. This picture is typical both of the scenes he painted and his style. There are paintings in the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and many other galleries. He died in 1980.

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