George Alexander Eugene Douglas Haig, 2nd Earl Haig OBE KStJ DL FRSA (15 March 1918 – 9 July 2009) was a British artist and peer.
He was the son of the First World War commander on the Western Front but broke with generations of military tradition in his family to become a professional painter.
In 1937 he was a Page of Honour to King George VI at his Coronation. He was educated at Stowe and at Christ Church, Oxford, receiving a BA in 1939 and an MA in 1950.
His work started to be taken seriously when one of his portraits was sold at auction at Christie's along with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Hogarth and Reynolds.
One of his first admirers was the Queen Mother, who bought one of his landscapes for 30 guineas shortly after his first exhibition. In 1958 the Queen appointed him to the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland.
Examples of Haig's work are now in the collections of the Arts Council and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Haig was primarily a landscape artist who, while not an abstract painter, used the methods of abstraction to find the underlying structures beneath.
He was eventually to hold 15 one-man shows, the last at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh to mark his 90th birthday.
In June 2011, a major Memorial Exhibition was held at the Scottish Gallery, which included work from every decade of his distinguished career post-war, and demonstrated his astonishing talent in landscape and subject painting.
A full and very interesting obituary published in the Guardian is available on the following link.
This spontaneous watercolour is signed lower right: Haig.
It is undated, but must date to 1971 when Haig visited Majorca to stay with his friend and fellow painter Vladimir Daskalo, who had been a pupil of Paul Klee.
He encouraged Haig to think more seriously about colour orchestration and to use colour as a composition element in itself. This was to become an important part of Haig’s painting practice.
My watercolour is titled Majorca II and measures 30.5 x 45.7 cm.
It was originally exhibited and retailed through the prestigious Fischer Fine Art Gallery in London.
My watercolour is sold unframed but with a new fresh mount ready for you to frame.
It is in excellent condition.
My asking price for this fine Spanish landscape study from the 1970s is a fair one for this celebrated Scottish artist.