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Kenneth Hall, b.1913

Untitled1935

Self taught as an artist, Hall was particularly influenced by Paul Klee and Alfred Wallis and Irish artist Patrick Scott. Hall defined the subjective element in art as ‘that which is contributed by the artist from the depths of his own nature’. Untitled is among the largest of his known oeuvre. Anthropomorphized cloud forms appear to stroll and loll about the landscape. Its dreamlike quality and simple clear composition also vaguely recall Belgian artist René Magritte’s form of surrealism.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions75.8 x 102.4 x 2.2 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Patrick Scott, 2013
Item NumberIMMA.3844
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Kenneth Hall, Untitled, 1935, Oil on canvas, 75.8 x 102.4 x 2.2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Patrick Scott, 2013

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About the Artist

Kenneth Hall 1913–1946

Self taught as an artist before turning to painting Kenneth Hall was a furniture designer working in London. He first exhibited in 1934 at the Lucy Wertheim Gallery and the following year met the painter Basil Rakoczi, with whom he founded the White Stag Group for the advancement of subjectivity in art and psychological analysis. During the late 1930s Hall and Rakoczi travelled frequently to France and elsewhere on the Continent and became influenced by the surrealist movement. A pacifist, at the outbreak of the Second World War Hall, along with Rakoczi, moved to Galway and on to Dublin in 1940 where he arranged the first White Stag Group exhibition. A leading member of émigré artists in Ireland, Hall continued to organise and exhibit with the White Stag until 1945 when he returned to London. Plagued by ill-health he took his own life in 1946. — View Artist »