This image is subject to copyright and cannot be downloaded or reproduced without written permission.
Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay

Tide Receding, Dublin Bay

Norah McGuinness (1903 – 1980)

© Estate of Norah McGuinness. All rights reserved

  • Artist
    Norah McGuinness
  • Title
    Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    100.5 × 70cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchaed 1967
Description

Norah McGuinness’ family did not approve of her decision to become an artist and from an early age she had to support herself financially. Eschewing teaching she turned first to illustration and later to theatre design and window dressing.

Throughout her long career McGuinness balanced her painting with her design work and inevitably each field influenced the other. Living in London during the 1930s, she exhibited with the London Group and the Seven and Five Society, as well as creating fashion illustrations for Vogue and the Bystander. In 1937 she went to New York where she exhibited her paintings, created illustrations for Harper’s Bazaar and designed windows for Altman’s department store on Fifth Avenue. Back in Dublin McGuinness was appointed chairperson of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1944, she also represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale of 1950 and she designed windows for Brown Thomas for over thirty years.

Dating from the 1960s Tide Receding, Dublin Bay reveals how McGuinness’ facility at illustration and design influenced her painting. The planes of colour and strong dark outlines in this image, suggest the influence of illustration or theatre sets, and the predominance of brown, black, orange and blue recall contemporary fashion and textile design.

Written by Riann Coulter

Browse the Collection

Browse by: Image / List

  1. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  3. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  4. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  6. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  10. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  15. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  16. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  22. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath