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View The Body Electric exhibition on www.themodel.ie⁠
Taking Walt Whitman’s iconic poetic celebration of the human being as its title and its point of departure, the exhibition explores the human form, embodiment and the lived experience through key works in The Niland Collection. ⁠
Photo: Marie Foley, Portrait, 1994. Wood, porcelain, metal. Credit: Daniel Paul McDonald⁠
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New programme alert 🙂
👉 Exhibition launching on 7 Apr. 
👉 Publication launching on 14 Apr.
👉 Podcast launching on 21 Apr.

We are delighted to present a new online programme on our digital platforms for adults, artists and the general public. 

The Body Electric will feature an online exhibition, a publication of contemporary writing, as well as our new Podcast series, which includes discussions, readings and performances. 

The project features work by a multitude of artists and writers including Claire-Louise Bennett, Tara Bergin, Dorothy Cross, Clodagh Emoe, Leontia Flynn, Marie Foley, Alice Lyons, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Rosie O’Reilly, George (AE) Russell, Jessica Traynor, Suzanne Walsh, John Butler Yeats and many others.

A Tale of Three Women & Two Paintings – Part Two
Estella Solomons HRHA (1882 - 1968)
Portrait of a Woman, N.D.
oil on canvas
Bequest of Ms K Goodfellow, 1980
Portrait of a Woman, an oil-on-canvas painting of Irish publisher and art collector Kathleen Goodfellow, is an undated artwork. Solomons and Goodfellow were good friends and both were members of the Cumann na mBan, an Irish republican women's paramilitary organisation formed in Dublin in 1914. They first met during the Easter Rising while sheltering from an onslaught of bullets on Mount Street, County Dublin. During the Rising, Solomons studio in Dublin was a ‘safe house’ for people on the run, and the place where Solomons painted many of the insurgents at the time. The studio was also said to be a place for social activity, her brother, Dr Bethel Solomons claimed that ‘her studio parties were wonderful. She and I used to give mediumistic displays, but the chief entertainment was good conversation’.
Goodfellow was known to be a dedicated supporter of the Irish arts, her personal collection containing many works from some of Ireland’s greatest artists, some of which were kindly bequeathed to The Niland Collection following her death in 1980. Kathleen was born into a Quaker family in Dublin in 1891, she was a poet and writer, though at the time she published under the name Michael Scot.
Estella Frances Solomons was born in 1882 into a Dublin Jewish family. She was a critically acclaimed Irish painter, known for her landscapes, portraits and etchings. Her father was an optician and a maker of mathematical instruments. As part of her education, Estella was sent to Hanover but upon her return she enrolled in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art where she studied under the master of portraiture, Sir William Orpen.
In 1903, she participated in a Young Irish Artists exhibition held in Dublin alongside Frances Beckett, and Dorothy and Beatrice Elvery, with whom she later travelled to Paris with to study drawing. Solomons exhibited at the RHA for the first time in 1905, by the time of her death, she had submitted over 250 works to the institution.
#paintingoftheday #art #artist #portrait #oilpainting
A Tale of Three Women & Two Paintings – Part One
Frances Beckett (1880-1951)
Portrait of Estella Solomons, c. 1904
oil on canvas
Bequest of Ms K Goodfellow, 1980
Frances Beckett, Estella Solomons and Kathleen Goodfellow were three women born in the latter end of the 19th Century. Their Irish heritage and love of the arts provided common ground that brought them together throughout their lives. Beckett and Solomons were two of Ireland’s working artists at the time; and their friend Kathleen Goodfellow was a publisher, patron and admirer of their work who commissioned many paintings throughout their respective careers. Beckett’s Portrait of Estella Solomons was part of Kathleen Goodfellow’s personal collection bequeathed to The Niland Collection in 1980.
This arresting depiction of Solomons was captured when she was in her mid-twenties, and her elegance and confidence are clearly apparent as she lounges in a chair with her fan in hand. The colour scheme of deep reds cascade through the portrait, both in the background and in Solomons’ attire. It provides a warm vibrancy that radiates throughout the frame, accentuating Solomons’ skin tone and long brown hair. This striking portrait of Estella Solomons is believed to date from a time when both she and Beckett were at the beginning of their friendship. Shortly after the completion of this oil on canvas work, both artists travelled to Paris to study life drawing at the Academie Colarossi, an art school founded in 1870 by the Italian sculptor Filippo Colarossi.
Frances was called ‘Frannie’ to distinguish her from her mother but it was the nickname coined by her brothers by which she was known for most of her life, ‘Cissie’. Beckett married William Sinclair, an antique dealer and friend of William Orpen. The couple owned a cottage in Howth, Dublin, where they kept an open house for the poets, writers and painters of Dublin. Beckett moved to Germany in 1922 with her family to pursue her husband’s antiques business but later returned to Dublin where she died at the age of seventy-one.
#paintingoftheday #art #artist #portrait #oilpainting #arthistory #portraitoftheday #TheModel
👀 Are you looking for art class ideas for children?

During our closure we are delighted to present an exciting online space for school children to engage with The Niland Collection. 

There are lots of fun activities in drawing & painting, collage, writing, sound art, sculpture and printmaking on our website. 🎨

A special children’s activity book will be launched this Easter. 

All our activities are aligned with the visual arts primary school curriculum and are suitable for home-schooling and the virtual classroom.

#makeandcreate #createathome #schoolhub #themodelinsideout #irishmuseumsonline #NilandCollection #sligo
Busy behind the scenes...

We have commissioned the Internationally award-winning Branar Theatre company to bring to you an innovative online project in response to our favourite painting in the Niland Collection - The Toy Theatre by Jack B Yeats. 🙌

Have a sneak peak behind the scenes as we work with Branar to re-imagine our PUNC 1×1 project as a series of theatre design, drama, visual art and puppetry workshops launching this September #TheNilandCollection #CreateAtHome #punc1x1 #JackBYeats #thetoytheatre #Sligo
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