Noteworthy works of art on the Banks

Roderic O’Conor Red Rocks Near Pont Aven 1898 from the AIB Collection, now in the legal ownership of the State and on show at the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

THE exciting, not-to-be-missed show now on at the Crawford Gallery in Cork represents a significant coup for the southern capital.

Gifted to the State and donated to the Crawford, the AIB Collection was built up in the way any corporate collection properly needs to be — with professional advice. The best Irish art is under appreciated in this country. AIB, to their credit, set out to collect it properly and succeeded in building up a collection of immense value.

The result is a museum quality collection which considerably enhances the Crawford Gallery holdings and confers a significant cultural shot-in-the-arm to Cork. Works by Jack B Yeats, John Luke, William Scott and FE McWilliam are among 39 prime pieces on exhibition at the Crawford Gallery until April 14.

The collection brings work by leading Irish artists — who continue to be insufficiently recognised and feted both at home and abroad — to a new audience. The bank will make almost 1,000 additional artworks available for public exhibition. After April 14 the Crawford will return 27 of the works to AIB on a temporary basis, the remaining 12 will stay at the Crawford.


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