Study for 'Black Face Sheep'
By Earl Haig

Subject Matter
Reg. Number
52 x 65 cm

George Alexander Eugene Douglas "Dawyck" Haig, the second Earl Haig, spent a lifetime struggling to decide whether he was primarily a fine modern painter or the son of Field Marshal Douglas Haig. After an early breakdown, his psychoanalyst recommended that Dawyck should concentrate on his painting. For most of his career he was mainly a landscape painter and is undeniably influenced by the Fauvist movement, although his Scottish landscapes incorporate a more muted colour scheme.

Earl was born 15 March 1918 and died 10 July 2009. He went to Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London in 1945, where he studied under William Johnstone, Victor Pasmore, Lawrence Gowing, William Coldstream and Claude Rogers. He had his first London exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in 1949 and at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh the same year. It was not until 1956, however, when one of his portraits was sold at auction at Christie's, along with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Hogarth and Reynolds, that he really made his name as an artist. In 1991 he divided his spare time between organisations such as the Earl Haig Fund, the Commonwealth Ex-Services League, the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council.

With thanks to the Guardian for artist information

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