Irish painters 19th century
The Golden Age
The second 1 / 2 of the 19th century while the first 20 or so several years of the twentieth century, ended up being probably the fantastic age within the history of Irish art as far as portraits were concerned. The period began utilizing the works of Stephen Catterson Smith (1806-72), later on President associated with the Royal Hibernian Academy, who had been energetic in Derry and Dublin. It continued with contributions from Henry Jones Thaddeus (1859-1929) - mainly community portraits - additionally the Impressionist Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903) - see their portrait of Nathaniel Hone younger; from Roderic O'Conor (1861-1940) - see his Self-Portrait; and from Frederick William Burton (1816-1900). Another important Irish portrait painter of times was Sir James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923). During the mid 1880s, Shannon, alongside American John Singer Sargent, dominated Brit portraiture. Meanwhile, the County Down-born John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) had been making forceful portraits of a number of important figures within the arts of Ireland, not least those of their sons WB Yeats and Jack B Yeats. Also active had been the women portraitists Sarah Purser (1848-1943), Sarah Cecilia Harrison (1863-1941) and Kathleen Bridle (1897-1989), as well as the educational artist Gerald Festus Kelly (1879-1972).
But imposing over his contemporaries together with his draughtsmanship and style, about during very first ten years and a half of twentieth century, had been the fantastic Sir William Orpen (1878-1931), whose reliability and polish influenced Irish music artists for decades in the future, including: Margaret Clarke (1888-1961), Sean Keating (1889-1977), James Sinton Sleator (1889-1950), Leo Whelan (1892-1956), and Maurice Macgonigal (1900-1979). For Orpen's position in the pantheon of famous musicians and artists from Ireland, see most high-priced Irish Paintings.
After Orpen's prominence, Irish portraiture ended up being remaining in the possession of associated with traditionalist Sean O'Sullivan (1906-64), the figure painters Lilian Lucy Davidson (1893-1954), Charles Lamb (1893-1964) and Patrick Tuohy (1894-1930). Technically, Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) eschewed portraiture, but his subsequent semi-abstract heads of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Pablo Picasso et al, are compelling samples of their unique style.