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Medley, Robert

Emmanuel Cooper

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T056467

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(b London, Dec 19, 1905; d Oct 20, 1994).

English painter, illustrator and designer. He studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art (1921–3) and at the Slade School of Art (1923–4) followed by two years in Paris (1926–8). During the 1930s he was involved with the progressive Group Theatre Project, mounting new and experimental work often with political themes. He designed masks for T. S. Eliot’s Sweeney Agonistes (1934–5) and costumes and sets for works including Auden and Isherwood’s The Dog beneath the Skin (1935–6) and The Ascent of F.6 (1937). Medley was a founder-member of the anti-fascist Artists International Association. In his paintings he explored social and humanist themes, depicting the daily life of ordinary people, and also experimented with Surrealism. During World War II he served as a camouflage officer. On his return to England he produced figurative works on a variety of subjects, ranging from a series about cyclists to mythological scenes. Following a representative approach his delicate, almost feather-like brushstrokes created work of great sensitivity. For a time he experimented successfully with an abstract style, as in ...

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