By the mid-1940s the scottish painter Robert Colquhoun was fêted as a Neo-Romantic artist, along with John Minton, John Craxton, Robert McBryde and Michael Ayrton. These younger generation Neo-Romantics were initially regarded as followers of Graham Sutherland. However, they soon abandoned Sutherlandesque landscape painting and focused almost entirely on the subject of the human figure. Colquhoun's peculiarly expressive treatment of the figure, which owed much to his mentor the Polish artist Jankel Adler, gained critical acclaim in the immediate post-war years. Colquhoun's series of paintings depicting pairs of women have been interpreted as discreet portraits of himself and his life-long partner Robert McBryde.