This image is subject to copyright and cannot be downloaded or reproduced without written permission.
Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer

Turf-Gatherer

Sean Keating PRHA (1889 – 1977)

© Estate of Sean Keating. All rights reserved

  • Artist
    Sean Keating PRHA
  • Title
    Turf-Gatherer
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    74 × 62cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A Healy, 1975 (Josephine C Healy Memorial Collection)
Description

As Professor of Painting at the Metropolitan School of Art from 1937–1954, and President of the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1949–1962, Seán Keating exerted a strong hold over the Irish art establishment. His traditional views on painting and subject matter were partly fuelled by his conviction that Irish art should record both the culture and the traditions of the west, and the national struggle for independence.

In works such as Turf-Gatherer, Keating celebrated a way of life that was unique to the west of Ireland and depicted those who maintained it as noble figures deeply connected to the local landscape. Despite his respect for tradition, Keating was not opposed to progress. During the 1920s he was commissioned by the Electricity Supply Board to record the construction of the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric power station on the River Shannon and in the 1940s. He also documented a similar project on the Liffey. In the resulting paintings, engineers and work men are depicted with the same respect and sense of purpose as this weather-worn turf-gatherer.

A pastel preparatory drawing for this work was acquired by the Belfast artist, Theo Gracey in 1939, which may suggest that the finished work dates to this period.

Written by Riann Coulter

Browse the Collection

Browse by: Image / List

  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  2. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  6. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  8. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  11. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  12. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  15. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  17. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  18. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  20. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  21. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  22. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  23. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin