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    Sunday, November 18th, 2018

    Breton Girl Reading by Roderic O’Conor (50,000-70,000).  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 88,000 AT HAMMER

    The evening Irish art auction at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St., Dublin on November 20 is now on view at de Veres on Kildare St.  The catalogue cover lot is Breton Girl, Reading by Roderic O’Conor whose recently concluded exhibition at the National Gallery was a huge success.  Other heavyweight artists include William Orpen, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats.  Orpen’s contribution is a portrait of World War I fighter pilot and hero John Letts. There is A View of Achill by Paul Henry and two works by Yeats, “Racing on the Strand” from 1912 and The Public Letter Writer from 1904, depicting a character who wrote letters home from the US from Irish emigrants unable to write.

    International art from the collection of Sean and Rosemarie Mulcahy features work by Miguel Barcelo and Georg Baselitz.  There are two tapestries by le Brocquy and work by contemporary artists including Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, William Scott and William Crozier. The catalogue is online.


    Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

    Between Paris and Pont-Aven, Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns, opens at the National Gallery in Dublin tomorrow and runs until  October 28. It presents around 43 of O’Conor’s works alongside his better known contemporaries Gauguin and van Gogh, who were his good friends. It focusses on the pictures made by O’Conor in Pont-Aven between 1887 and 1895.   The modern artists gathered then in the remote Brittany village were at the absolute forefront of the avant-garde in art.

    O’Conor and Gauguin often painted side by side and one drawing by Gauguin includes in the background some self portraits by the Irish artist.  After Gauguin’s death in 1903 O’Conor stopped going to Brittany and settled in Paris.  Suspicious of dealers he turned down the  chance to be represented by the legendary Ambroise Vollard, who provided invaluable exposure for artists like Cezanne, van Gogh, Degas, Picasso and Matisse.  This decision goes some way towards explaining why the reputation of this extraordinary Irish master suffered and still awaits proper rediscovery on the international scene.  Hopefully the National Gallery show will go some way towards redressing this imbalance.

    Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) Still Life with Apples, c.1893
    Private Collection. Image Courtesy of Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd.

    Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) Field of Corn, Pont-Aven, 1892. © National Museum NI. Collection Ulster Museum.

    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window, 1890 © National Gallery London, Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury, 2006

    Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) A Tree in a Field Private Collection. Photographer: Roy Hewson

    O’Conor, Henry, Behan, Teskey and le Brocquy at Morgan O’Driscoll auction

    Monday, April 30th, 2018
    With everything from Figures in a pool by  Roderic O’Conor, Cottages by Paul Henry and The Eugenie off Queenstown by George Mounsey Atkinson to John  Behan’s sculpted bull and a painting of a bulldog by Basil Blackshaw Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale of Irish and International Art is at the RDS in Dublin this evening.

    There is art by John Shinnors and Donald Teskey, Percy French and Walter Osborne, Louis le Brocquy and Dan O’Neill.  On the international side there is a screenprint by Damien Hirst, a mixed media work by Joan Miro, a litho of Mao by Warhol and a screenprint and litho by Robert Motherwell.  Other artists featured among 147 lots include Sean Scully, Barrie Cooke, Felim Egan, Kenneth Webb, William Crozier, Alice Maher, and Charles Tyrrell.

    (See posts on for April 27 and April 22, 2018)

    Figures in a pool by Roderic O’Conor  UPDATE: THIS MADE 56,000 AT HAMMER

    The Eugenie off Queenstown (1887) by George Mounsey Atkinson  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
    Contrasting works made by Irish artists in Paris in the early years of the 20th century will highlight the auction at de Veres in Dublin on March 7.  The catalogue cover is Mainie Jelletts “Composition, Two Elements” from 1925, when Jellett and Evie Hone had embraced the teaching of their tutor Albert Gleizes.  It is estimated at 30,000-50,000.  Roderic O’Conor’s “Nature Morte – Flowers on a table” (60,000-90,000) was painted 15 years earlier under one of the large windows of his studio near Montparnasse. This is one of two O’Conor’s in the sale.  Both are from the artist’s studio sale at Hotel Drouot in Paris in 1956.

    The auction offers important works by Paul Henry, Walter Osborne, Louis le Brocquy, Jack Yeats, Gerard Dillon, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley and Sir John Lavery.  There are works by artists as diverse as William Leech, Patrick Hennessy, Donald Teskey, Barrie Cooke, Sean McSweeney, Charles Tyrrell, Jill Dennis and Felim Egan in a catalogue that lists 98 lots.  The catalogue is online.


    Nature Morte, Flowers on a table by Roderic O'Conor

    Nature Morte, Flowers on a table by Roderic O’Conor. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 80,000

    Composition, Two Elements by Mainie Jellett

    Composition, Two Elements by Mainie Jellett.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 36,000


    Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
    Roderic O'Conor (1860 - 1940) Still Life Study with Fruit and Pottery on a Mahogany Table

    Roderic O’Conor (1860 – 1940)
    Still Life Study with Fruit and Pottery on a Mahogany Table

    A still life by Roderic O’Conor was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It sold for 48,000 at hammer in a sale which continued a good week of auction results for Irish art in Dublin.  The market is definitely turning.  There was more competitive bidding this season than has been seen for some time and the top lots at Adams, de Veres and Whyte’s all witnessed it. Nearly three million euro worth of Irish art has changed hands since Monday at three auctions in Dublin.

    Top of the Falls and The Creole by Jack Butler Yeats sold for 36,000 and 35,000 respectively at Adams. Other top hammer prices include: Composition XIII by Mainie Jellett (27,000); Portrait of Pamela Mitford by Paul Cesar Helleu (20,000);  Diane by Daniel O’Neill (21,000);  The Pillar by Rowan Gillespie (19,000); Girl at the Piano by John Shinnors (13,000); The House at Dalkey by Camille Souter (13,000); The House Opposite by William John Leech (12,000);  Motherhood by William Conor (10,000);  Bridge over the River by Donald Teskey (10,000); St. Martins by Tony O’Malley (8,000); A Horse Alone by Patrick Hennessy (9,000) and Uaimh 55 by Gwen O’Dowd (4,700).


    Sunday, November 29th, 2015

    Irish art by Roderic O’Conor and Jack B. Yeats will headline the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on December 2.   A still life study by O’Conor and a 1946 Yeats entitled The Creole  are each estimated at 30,000-50,000.  The sale of 241 lots offers a wide selection.  The catalogue is online.

    William John Leech RHA ROI (1881 - 1968) The House Opposite (10,000-15,000).

    William John Leech RHA ROI (1881 – 1968) The House Opposite (10,000-15,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER.

    Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003) St Martin's, April (1973) (8,000-12,000).

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) St Martin’s, April (1973) (8,000-12,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 8,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul César Helleu (1859-1927) Portrait of Pamela Mitford (20,000-30,000).

    Paul César Helleu (1859-1927) Portrait of Pamela Mitford (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    Roderic O'Conor (1860 - 1940) Still Life Study with Fruit and Pottery on a Mahogany Table (30,000-50,000).

    Roderic O’Conor (1860 – 1940)
    Still Life Study with Fruit and Pottery on a Mahogany Table (30,000-50,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000 AT HAMMER