Norah McGuinness (1901 1980) Hanrahan's Vision (Illustrations For The Stories Of Red Hanrahan)
Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
Dimensions: 17.5 × 26.5cm
Medium: Pen and ink
Collection: Niland Collection
Provenance: Purchased 1968
About the Artist
Norah McGuinness (1901 - 1980)
Born 1901, Derry, Northern Ireland.
Died 1980, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland.
Norah McGuinness, painter and illustrator, was born on 7th November 1901 in Lawrence Hill, County Derry. She studied at Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and Chelsea Polytechnic, and spent the 1920s working in Dublin as a stage designer and book illustrator. Books she has illustrated include Laurence Sternes, A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1925) and titles by W. B. Yeats.
In 1929, after her divorce from editor Geoffrey Phibbs, she moved to Paris to work at André Lhote’s studio. She later moved to London, where she was a member of Lucy Wertheims “Twenties Group” and the avant-garde “London Group”. She lived in New York from 1937 to 1939, then settled in Dublin and concentrated on painting. She was known for her vivid, highly coloured landscapes, influenced by Cubism, as was associated with the Modernist movement in Ireland. She helped to found the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943, becoming its president the following year, and represented Ireland at the 1950 Venice Biennale. She was elected an honorary member of Royal Hibernian Academy in 1957, but later resigned.
There was a retrospective of her work in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, in 1968 and in 1973 the College awarded her an honorary doctorate.
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