Dimensions: 27 × 34.5cm
Medium: Oil on board
Collection: Niland Collection
Provenance: Presented by James A Healy, 1975 (Josephine C Healy Memorial Collection)
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Sean Keating PRHA (1889 -1977)
Born 1889, Limerick, Ireland.
Died 1977, Dublin, Ireland.
Limerick native, Sean Keating is one of Ireland best known twentieth century artists. Keating was a traditionalist whose style was marked with a directness and precision. His fine draughtsmanship can be seen in his many paintings of Irish people.
Keating studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, under the distinguished artist and teacher Sir William Orpen. Upon graduation, he spent four years living in the Aran Islands, where, he said, he found the Ireland he could paint.
Keating first exhibited at the RHA in 1914 and then showed there every year for sixty-one years. He spent twenty years as professor of painting at the National College of Art in Dublin, where he taught many up and coming artists such as Maurice McGonigle and Charles Lamb.