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Dick Romyn was a representative artist, particularly drawn to still life painting, and to musical subjects or evocations. Born Conrad Romyn in London on November 18, 1915, he studied art in Geneva and London. At the age of 18 he was in the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Geneva University, and immediately after demobilisation he spent two years in London at the Anglo-French School and the Polytechnic. Much of his learning was done in the museums and art galleries in Europe; he was in Amsterdam in 1936, Paris in 1948, where George Braque became his mentor, and Rome in 1950.
As in so many cases, the Second World War interrupted his career, when he was called to serve and stationed in Burma, where he was captured by the Japanese and spent several years in a POW camp. Returning home, he made a successful transition back to civilian life and his career in art, leaving for Paris in the 1905's, living there from 1953 until circa 1962.
"Many of his works, particularly later on, were tiny, and his friends were sure to receive a regular flow of even tinier wash and ink drawings, often of single figures or small groups, suggestive of the rococo theatre and leading to speculation as to whether Tiepolo or even Callot had been among his subjects of study in his museum years. His gifts as a light-hearted draughtsman led to a number of illustrative commissions, among them illustrated diaries on Morocco and St Lucia — this latter commissioned by the St Lucia government." (Times obit.)
He had his first two one-man exhibitions, one of paintings and one of drawings, in Paris in 1959, when he was already in his mid-forties. Romyn was represented by dealers in London, as well as in France and Sweden. With his Swedish born wife Ann, (herself an accomplished painter, known professionally as Ann Bergson), and daughter, he lived near the gates of Hampton Court.
Romyn died on April 10, 2007 at the age of 91.
Obituary, Times online June 8, 2007