Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1879, d.1933
The Pavement, London
- c. 1913
- Oil on panel
- Presented by Mrs M Good, London, 1975
- 285 x 180mm
Tags: buildings (structures), landscapes (representations), monograms, negative space, people (agents), trees, urban landscapes
Starting in his mid-teens, Christchurch-born Raymond McIntyre took selected classes at the Canterbury College School of Art between 1894 and 1908. Under Robert Herdman-Smith’s directorship, he was also an assistant teacher from 1907, but left New Zealand two years later, aged 30, to pursue further studies in London. There he soon made his own distinctive mark on the contemporary art scene. Evident among McIntyre’s early influences are Japanese ukiyo-e prints, Art Nouveau poster design and James McNeill Whistler, whose old studio in Chelsea was a short walk along the Thames from where McIntyre was living. After a brief period of study, McIntyre soon found his own direction, creating pared-back landscapes and studies of elegant young women’s heads. He also began taking on students and exhibiting successfully at reputable galleries.
(The Moon and the Manor House,12 November 2021 – 1 May 2022)
Brought to light, November 2009- 22 February 2011
Raymond McIntyre left New Zealand for London in 1909, having studied and taught at the Canterbury College School of Art, gained instruction from immigrant Dutch painter Petrus van der Velden, and worked as an artist. In a letter to his father in 1910 he wrote from London of disappointed expectations after being taught briefly by William Nicholson, George Lambert and Walter Sickert, and of his growing conviction that, ‘One’s only chance is to be oneself.’ In 1911 McIntyre exhibited with the prestigious New English Art Club and began a long association with the Goupil Gallery – then the leading international contemporary dealer gallery in London. By 1915 he was a wellestablished figure in London art circles; he also became an art critic for Architectural Review. McIntyre stopped exhibiting in 1926, and died in London in 1933.
(Brought to Light, November 2009)