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William Roberts Artist Biography  British, 1895-1980

Roberts is probably best remembered for the large, complex and colourful compositions.

In the years before the First World War William Roberts was a pioneer, among English artists, in his use of abstract images. In later years he described his approach as that of an "English Cubist".

During the First World War William Roberts served as a gunner on the Western Front, and in 1918 he became an official war artist.

William Roberts's first one-man show was held in 1923 at the Chenil Gallery in London and a number of his paintings from the twenties were purchased by the Contemporary Art Society for provincial galleries in the UK.

He exhibited annually at the Royal Academy summer exhibition from the 1950s until his death. He had a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1965, and was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1966.

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