Paul Henry (1876-1958) is Ireland's greatest twentieth-century landscape painter. Trained in fin de siècle Paris under Whistler, he also absorbed the influences of Post-Impressionism, which linger throughout his work. In his depictions of the landscapes and of the way of life in the west of Ireland in his time, Henry provides the quintessential view of the Irish scene, now as universally familiar as Cézanne's view of Provence or Constable's representations of Suffolk. In his own words, he wanted to capture in his work the very soul of Ireland.”
A detailed biography of the artist precedes an illustrated catalogue of his oeuvre in this comprehensive book. While many of Henry's paintings are well known, his drawings and early illustrations are less so, and they provide an intriguing insight not only into the artist's way of working but to his lifestyle and personal circumstances.
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This book accompanies an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, from February 19 to May 18, 2003.From the Inside Flap:
In his idyllic landscape paintings of the west of Ireland, Paul Henry (1876-1958) provides the quintessential view of the Irish scene, now as universally familiar as Cézanne's view of Provence or Constable's recording of Suffolk. Henry stands alone as the most influential landscapist to work in Ireland in the twentieth century. In this generously illustrated biography, S. B. Kennedy tells the story of Henry's life and artistic achievements, interweaves the life of his highly talented wife Grace, and explores his friendships and associations in the artistic worlds of Paris, London, Dublin, and Belfast.Kennedy offers a full account of Henry's entire career, including his early experience studying under Whistler in fin-de-siècle Paris, his subsequent work as an illustrator in London, and his transforming trip to Achill Island in his native Ireland in 1910. Transfixed by the landscape, the people of the island, and their way of life, Henry thereafter devoted his career to painting Irish life and landscape, introducing a degree of realism that was new to Irish painting. Kennedy also discusses the career of Henry's first wife, Grace (1868-1953), a painter in her own right who here emerges from behind the shadow of her husband as a more substantial figure than has been previously recognized. In addition, the author sets Henry's work in historical context and considers the reasons for renewed interest in Henry's landscape paintings in recent years.
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Book Description Yale University Press 2007-09-06, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0300117124. Bookseller Inventory # 660903