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Micheal Farrell, 1940–2000

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
Dimensions 72.85 x 73 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1848
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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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

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

About the Artist

Micheal Farrell 1940–2000

Irish artist Micheal Farrell attended Central St. Martin's College of Art, London. Farrell’s abstracted pop art style paintings became popular in the late 1960s and he represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1967. Though based in France from 1971, Farrell’s conflictual feelings about Ireland and the escalating violence in the North profoundly influenced his work. A member of Aosdána, he exhibited regularly at the Taylor Galleries and is represented in many private and public collections.

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