Tuesday, 16 April 2013

National Gallery of Ireland - the collection


National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

The magnificent building houses a magnificent collection, including a Vermeer - always such a pleasure!

Irish paintings

A Convent Garden, Brittany, William John Leech, 1913

The setting for this picture is the garden of a hospital run by the Sisters of Holy Ghost where Leech convalesced after contracting typhoid in 1904.

Return from Market, John Lavery, 1884
Lavery painted this work on his second visit to Grez-sur-Loing, a picturesque village and artists' colony on the edge of the forrest of Fontainebleu.

La Jeune Bretonne, Roderic O'Connor, 1895
The Fisherman's Mother, Helen Mabel Trevor, 1893

Flanders Fields, William Crozier, 1961-62
Pattern of Rooftops, Czechoslovakia
Pattern of Rooftops, Mary Swanzy, 1920
European Art
William Turner, The Dawn of Christianity, 1841 
 Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus, Diego Velasquez, 1616-17
This may be his earliest known picture, painted when he was working in Seville.
Peasant Wedding, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, 1620 
This painting mocks the behaviour of peasants at a wedding: they are drinking, dancing, flirting and some family members are even fighting over a money pouch.

Scene on the Ice, Hendrick Avercamp, 1620
Avercamp's reputation rests on panoramic winter landscapes with an emphasis on detail, depicting people of different social classes enjoying the winter weather together.
Rembrandt, Interior with Figures Playing the Game La Main Chaude, 1628
This is one of Rembrandt's earliest works. By looking over his shoulder, the central figure is cheating.
A Breakfast-piece, Pieter Claesz, 1637
Painted in Haarlem, where Claesz spent most of his career
A Lady Writing a Letter, with her Maid, Johannes Vermeer, 1670

Woman Reading a Letter, Gabriel Metsu, 1664-65 
A woman reading a letter from her lover. Her maid pulls away a curtain to reveal a painting of a stormy sea, a metaphor for the trials of love.
Man Writing a Letter, Gabriel Metsu, 1664-65 
This painting and its companion are Metsu's most renowned works. They show the influence of Johannes Vermeer.

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