Contemporary artist Hughie O'Donoghue has long been fascinated by war - not the grand military moments depicted in traditional history painting, but the story of the individual. The starting-point for O'Donoghue has been an engagement with his father's experiences as an infantryman in the Second World War, centring on his father's retreat from France through the port of Cherbourg in June 1940, after the evacuation of Dunkirk, and the advance in Italy in 1944, including the Battle of Monte Cassino. O'Donoghue sees his body of work on the theme of war as "a visual equivalent of the classical epic poem, with individual pictures functioning like chapters, verses or lines." The analogy is carried through into the works themselves, many of which tell their often complicated story in a strikingly visual, semi-abstracted way through metaphor, symbolism and references that derive from ancient Greek mythology, in a manner that recalls the work of O'Donoghue's contemporaries Anselm Kiefer or Miguel Barcelo. The story of the individual thereby becomes the story of everyman - a story at once intimate and anonymous. In this, the first major study of one of Ireland's most engaging artists, the themes of history, memory and identity are movingly explored.
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Book Description Merrell, London 2003, 2003. 29.0 x 24.0cms, 160pp, colour illuts, very good+ hardback & dustwrapper O'Donoghue's paintings focus on his father's experience in World War II, including the evacuation of Dunkirk & the battle of Monte Cssino. The plates cover drawings, excavating the figure; the fall of France; crossing the Rapido; Anabasis. In addition there are sections on correspondence & O'Donoghue's own writing. Bookseller Inventory # 149243
Book Description London, 2003. 29cm. profus colour ills. Cloth. D/j. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 14626
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR006246559
Book Description Merrell Publishers Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Acceptable items may shows sign of prior usage, pages stained or discoloured from the outside. Covers/corners and spine may be worn/bent, may contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001277681
Book Description Merrell Publishers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First. Includes correspondence, selected writings, bibliography, index. Bookseller Inventory # 41451
Book Description Merrell Publishers, 01.06.2003., 2003. Book Condition: Sehr gut. 160 Seiten Schutzumschlag leicht berieben und kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 235708 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 1170 28,8 x 24,7 x 1,9 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Bookseller Inventory # 155752