Rudolph Ihlee (1883-1968) was a prize-winning student at the Slade where his contemporaries included Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, Maxwell Gordon Lightfoot, C.R.W. Nevinson and Edward Wadsworth. Turning his back on a flourishing career in London, he relocated to the southern French town of Collioure, where the Mediterranean light had mesmerised artists such as Derain and Matisse before him.
This new book by James Trollope explores for the first time Ihlee’s impressive oeuvre in the context of a fascinating biography. The book provides a lively account of the career of an accomplished but under-appreciated artist, who found creative freedom and personal contentment on the inspirational Catalan coast.
‘A carefully researched and richly illustrated account of an artist whose work has long been overlooked. The focus on Ihlee’s love affair with Collioure provides valuable context for his sun-filled paintings and his friendship with Charles Rennie Mackintosh.’
Professor Pamela Robertson, University of Glasgow
The book will be published on the 5 May 2022 from Lund Humphries
From 11 June to 2 October his work will feature in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Collioure along with other non French artists who were influenced by that part of France in the first half of the 20th century.