Jack B Yeats and Gerard Dillon photo work in London
A feast of Irish art will be celebrated at Sotheby’s this month. Jack B Yeats and Gerard Dillon will headline the Irish side of the British and Irish Modern Art sale in London on November 23.
An online sale of Irish art at Sotheby’s from next Wednesday will run until Tuesday November 22, and a selection of those sales are on display at the RHA in Dublin this weekend.
The introduction of relatively unknown Irish artists to the world and important rediscoveries likeof Gerard Dillon team up to deliver a major shot in the arm.
Sotheby’s global reach, the Irish diaspora, the fact that art lovers around the world will find these sales relatively affordable compared to the stratospheric prices now achieved at the top of the international market, the presence in the catalog of acclaimed British artists such as Barbara Hepworth, LS Lowry and William Nicholson and the support of an international marketing campaign make November a very good month for Irish art and artists.
There is much more than a sense of stepping forward and stepping into play. The first two Atmospheric Yeats Oils
1921, and the fantastic rediscovery of
a c1950, Dillon, from a private collection, have a combined value of £430,000 to £670,000 (€495,000 to €772,000).
Dillon’s first encounter with Connemara in 1939 was a telling moment and this painting, set on Inishlacken looking towards Roundstone, ranks among the finest examples of his depictions of the west of Ireland.
Impossible not to be enthusiastic about the 74 diversified lots of an online sale offering a range of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the 19th century to the present day. The combined estimate is €816,500 to €1,231,600. There is a Gerard Dillon (), a lively Paul Henry ( ), the last painting by John Lavery ( ) and by Harry Kernoff. This second Royal Theater closed its doors in 1934 and was demolished soon after.
There are 18 works from the collection of the late Irish-American Brian P Burns, who amassed one of the largest collections of Irish art in private hands.
Contemporary artists and sculptors represented include Rowan Gillespie, Linda Brunker, John Behan, Patrick O’Reilly, Maser, Joy Gerrard, Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn, Blaise Smith and Melissa O’Flaherty and there are early works by Erskine Nicol and James Arthur O’Connor.
There will be artist talks at the RHA at noon today by John Behan, Melissa O’Flaherty and Maser and at noon tomorrow by Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn and Blaise Smith.