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Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer

Turf-Gatherer

Sean Keating PRHA (1889 – 1977)

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  • 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

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  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  4. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  5. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  6. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  7. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  8. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  9. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  15. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  22. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  23. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse