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Patrick Hennessy, 1915–1980

Boy and Seagull1949

One of the most prominent figurative painters in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s, Patrick Hennessy responded to the repressive climate of Ireland in the mid-twentieth century. Despite the presence of surreal elements in his work Hennessy’s interests were quite different to those of the European Surrealist movement, more political than Giorgio de Chirico & René Magritte.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 52 x 38 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.246 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Patrick Hennessy, Boy and Seagull, 1949, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 52 x 38 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Patrick Hennessy 1915–1980

Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-80), was one of Ireland’s most successful post–war realist painters. A prolific artist, he created traditional portraits, landscapes, equine studies and still-lifes, but he also created works unlike anything being made in Ireland at the time. Fusing realism with a Surrealist subjectivity learned in Paris he painted human figures isolated in the landscape, male nudes and portraits of African men that puzzled Irish critics who branded him ‘something of an outsider'
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