Style contrast of Irish artists in Paris

Des O’Sullivan looks at 20th century Irish art at de Vere’s auction.

Very different paintings by Irish artists in Paris in the early years of the 20th century will highlight the auction at de Vere’s in Dublin on March 7.

The front cover lot is Mainie Jellett’s Composition, Two Elements from 1925 (pictured above), when Jellett and Evie Hone had embraced the teaching of their tutor Albert Gleizes. 

It is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.

In contrasting style Roderic O’Conor’s Nature Morte — Flowers on a table (pictured below) (€60,000-€90,000) was painted 15 years earlier under one of the large windows of his studio near Montparnasse.

Style contrast of Irish artists in Paris

This is one of two O’Conor’s in the sale. Both are from the artist’s studio sale at Hotel Drouot in Paris in 1956.

The auction offers important works by Paul Henry, Walter Osborne; Louis le Brocquy, Jack Yeats, Gerard Dillon; Hughie O’Donoghue; Tony O’Malley and Sir John Lavery.

There are works by artists as diverse as William Leech, Patrick Hennessy; Donald Teskey; Barrie Cooke; Sean McSweeney; Charles Tyrrell; Jill Dennis and Felim Egan in a catalogue that lists 98 lots.

Viewing is at de Vere’s at 35 Kildare St from next Thursday from 9.3 am to 5.30pm.

Weekend viewing is from 11am to 5.30pm next Saturday and noon to 5.30pm on Sunday week.

The venue for all de Vere’s art and design auctions in 2016 is to be the Royal College of Physicians at Number 6, Kildare St.


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