D.W.C. Between Nudist - Painter Sir William Russell Flint

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Sir William Russell Flint (4 April 1880 – 30 December 1969) was a Scottish artist and
 illustrator who was known especially for his watercolour paintings of women. He also
 worked in oils, tempera, and printmaking.

 

He was born in Edinburgh. From 1894–1900 Flint apprenticed as a lithographic draughtsman
 while taking classes at the Royal Academy of Art, Edinburgh. From 1900–02 he worked
 as a medical illustrator in London while studying part-time at Heatherley's Art School. He
 furthered his art education by studying independently at the British Museum. He was an artist
 for the Illustrated London News from 1903–07, and produced illustrations for editions of
 several books, including Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1912).


Flint was president of Britain’s Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours (now the 
Royal Watercolour Society) from 1936 to 1956, and knighted in 1947.


During visits to Spain he was impressed by Spanish dancers, and he depicted them
 frequently throughout his career. Flint enjoyed considerable commercial success but little
 respect from art critics, who were disturbed by a perceived crassness in his eroticized 
treatment of the female figure


William Russell Flint was active as an artist until his death in London on 30 December 1969.









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