Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Rudolph Ihlee (1883 - 1968)   BIOGRAPHY

My window, Collioure1925
Framed (ref: 5284)

Signed and dated
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.)


Provenance: Private collection.

Exhibited: Chenil Gallery, 1926; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, August - September, 1978, and Belgrave Gallery, London, October, 1978, Rudolph Ihlee, 1883-1968, cat. no. 19.

In a broad gilded oak shallow hollow section frame.

Rudolph Ihlee was born in London in 1883. In 1906 he went to the Slade School of Fine Art where he became part of a celebrated  group of artists including C.R.W. Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, John S. Currie, Mark Gertler, Maxwell Gordon Lightfoot, Adrian Allinson and Edward Wadsworth.

Ihlee left Slade School of Fine Art in 1910 and had two solo exhibitions at the Carfax Gallery in 1914 and became a member of New English Art Club in 1919.  After the First World War Ihlee settled in Collioure in the South of France. He lived in Collioure  for many years, marrying a French girl, Isabelle, and just managed to escape back to England when France came under German and Vichy government. 

Collioure, on the Southern French Mediterranean and was a part of the ancient Roussillon province. In the early 20th century Collioure became a center of artistic activity, with several Fauve artists making it their meeting place. André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Tsuguharu Fujita are amongst the artists most frequently associated with the town.

A landscape painting entitled Landscape Near Collioure is owned by University of Hull Art Collection.

We are grateful to Nick Beer for assistance.

Rudolph Ihlee (1883 - 1968)

Painter and draughtsman, born in London. He was apprenticed to Ferranti as an engineer in 1902, but entered Slade School of Fine Art, 1906-10, where he proved a brilliant student, winning many prizes. After two solo shows at Carfax Gallery, 1912-14, Ihlee worked as an engineering draughtsman in Peterborough during World War I. The year after he became a member of NEAC, in 1921 Ihlee had a successful show at Leicester Galleries, but then settled in Collioure, in the south of France. Although he had a solo exhibition at Chenil Gallery in 1926, between the wars his life qnd exhibiting career was in France; his second wife, Isabelle, was French. He returned to England when World War II broke out, working in a factory in Leicester, settling eventually in West Deeping, Lincolnshire. He had a solo show at St Peter's College Hall, Peterborough, with Arts Council support, in 1951, and another in Sleaford in 1968. There was a show seven years after he died at Rutland Sixth Form College, Oakham, then in 1978 a retrospective at Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and Belgrave Gallery. Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery and Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford, hold work. (The family pronunciation of Ihlee is Eelay, although Ighly is common.)

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