William Bruce Ellis Ranken was born in Edinburgh, 1881, the son of a wealthy and successful solicitor. He studied at Eton and later trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art. He moved to Chelsea in 1907 and became a familiar of the Edwardian aesthetes, a privileged social circle of artists and writers. He is best known for his paintings of high-society ladies, gentry and royal estates. You can see over eighty of his works in public collections on his Art UK profile page. Pictured is Girl in a Hat, an attractive period portrait set against a bright swatch of colour. Its unusual graphic quality makes it a dramatic centrepiece for this Minimalist interior. The palette enlivens the room and mirrors the green and red of the flowers.
Girl in a Hat - colour palette
Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum