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Micheal Farrell, b.1940

Une Nature Morte à la Mode Irlandaise1974

The emergence of a civil rights movement on the island of Ireland had a profound effect on the development and politicisation of Farrell’s work. In 1971 when his career in Ireland was in the ascendant, he settled in France. As the conflict in Ireland worsened, Farrell felt removed from and frustrated by events such as the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings. This period saw a shift from the Celtic abstraction of his earlier works, such as ‘Black and White’, to more politically engaged statements. While the curvilinear forms of the earlier ‘Pressé’ series, are evident in ‘Une Nature Morte à la Mode Irlandaise’, here the Celtic motif is transmuted into blood and bones.

MediumAcrylic on paper on board and acrylic on wood
Dimensions72.85 x 73 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1848
Image Caption
Micheal Farrell, Une Nature Morte à la Mode Irlandaise, 1974, Acrylic on paper on board and acrylic on wood, 72.85 x 73 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005

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About the Artist

Micheal Farrell 1940–2000

Irish artist Michael Farrell attended Central St. Martin's College of Art, London. His paintings juxtaposed an abstracted pop art style with Irish images and he became extremely successful commercially towards the end of the 1960s. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1967. Farrell relocated to France in 1971. He maintained a love-hate relationship with Ireland and the escalating violence in the north during the 1970s profoundly influenced his work. Elected a member of Aosdána in 1987, Farrell exhibited regularly at the Taylor Galleries and his work is included in many private and public collections.
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