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    The roots of A Moonlit Breton Landscape lie in the nocturnes Roderic O’Conor created during his first extended visit to Brittany. The moon has risen behind the curtain of trees, half glimpsed through patches of dark cloud whilst down below, in the foreground, a circle of figures seems to engage with a firework display or a lantern procession. Although the setting is rural and no buildings are visible, the subject is most likely observational, possibly painted en plein air, until the fading light demanded that the canvas be brought into the studio for completion.

    The work comes up at Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale in London on November 19. Highlights from the auction are on view at the RHA in Dublin until October 27. In 2018, the first museum show in over 30 years to focus on the painted and graphic work of Roderic O’Conor was held at the National Gallery of Ireland. The painting is estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    Roderic O’Conor – A Moonlit Breton Landscape, oil on canvas, circa 1898-1900. UPDATE: THIS MADE £150,000 AT HAMMER.


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