William Strang

British etcher and print-maker (1859 - 1921), a member of the Society for Painter-Etchers and Engravers

William Strang was a Scottish painter and printmaker. He studied at the Slade School of Art from1876 under Alphonse Legro who advocated the uncompromising realism. After completing his studies at the slade in 1880, he worked as Legros's assistant in the printmaking class for a year, which marked the beginning of his 20 year work as an etcher.

Strang's etchings include landscapes in the style and tradition of Rembrandt, with pastoral themes from Giorgione, as well as macabre genre subjects marked by tension and suspended animation. He also created 150 portrait etchings of leading artistic and literary figures. His commitment to realism and psychological intensity is also reflected in the paintings that dominated the latter half of his career. His main influence was the Belgian and French Symbolists' work, and Strang grew more confident in handling colour, which he combined with a linear clarity and schematic colouring, as seen in his "Bank Holiday" [1912, Tate, London].

The Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow has an important collection of Strang's graphic work.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1859-02-13
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: Dunbartonshire: Dumbarton
  • Died
    1921-04-12
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Dorset: Bournemouth
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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