Paul Henry’s A Kerry Bog to lead Irish art sale



2016-02-17 17:02:29

Paul Henry’s A Kerry Bog is the lead lot of a sale of Irish and International Art at Whyte’s in Dublin.

It’s valued at $66,825-89,100 ahead of the February 29 sale.

Henry (1877-1958) is one of Ireland’s best known artists and his work has proven highly influential on subsequent generations.

The present lot was painted in the early 1930s and is a strong example of his work.

Whyte’s explains: “A Kerry Bog was possibly one of the earliest pictures inspired by the trip-others include The Road to Coomasaharnn, 1934-5 (Queen's University, Belfast) and In the Kingdom of Kerry, 1935-1937 (private collection)-the artist's mood being revealed in the clouds which are heavyish, although the brightness of the bogland itself belies the ominous quality in the clouds.

“The subject matter, however, is typically 'Henry', as is the manner in which the eye is led into the composition, eventually reaching the distant mountains.”

Jack B Yeats’ The Quay Workers’ Home (1927) also carries an estimate of $66,825-89,100.

Yeats’ brother was the poet WB Yeats. Both were born in England, but both grew up in the Irish county of Sligo.

JB Yeats was a staunch republican and often painted dockworkers and other manual labourers, once stating: “a painter must be part of the land and of the life he paints.”

The record for his work is £1.2m, set in 1999 for a work called The Wild Ones. 

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