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William CROSBIE 1915 - 1999

Biography

Born in China to Scottish parents, it was not until 1926 that William Crosbie returned to Scotland, taking up his artistic studies at the Glasgow School of Art during 1932-5. Later he travelled to France, studying History of Art at the Sorbonne in Paris and working under Fernand Leger. The influence of Leger is perhaps best recognised in the simplified forms of the jacket and shirt in this self portrait, as well as the abstract blocks of colour in the background. However, Crosbie has retained a greater degree of naturalism, with the bold light and shade across the facial features lending the importance to this aspect, in line with more traditional portrait painting. This suggests while Modernism was an influence on Crosbie's work, it did not interfere with Crosbie's own personal vision within his artworks.