A Second View
Paintings, Drawings and Wood Engravings
3rd - 27th January 2023
Lady of the Apocalypse
Oil on canvas 32 x 48 inches
Rivers Studio stamp
Provenance: The artist’s studio;
Frances and Michael Biggs, 1964;
Milmo-Penny Fine Art, Dublin, 1989
Exhibited: Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 1989, number 26;
Milmo-Penny Fine Art, ‘A Second View’, December 2022, number 9.
Literature: Dr S. B. Kennedy, ‘A Retrospective View’, Dublin, 1989
exhibition came about following a request from
the Court Gallery, Somerset, for inclusion of The Ark in Storm in their
exhibition of women artists who studied under André Lhote. Traditionally known
as ‘Man and Mountain’, the title was a little too obvious and open to question.
However, in his 1989 catalogue, Brian Kennedy suggests ‘The Ark in Storm’ as an
alternative title for another work in the Ark series of paintings but it now
appears that this is not the case. The flash of lightning across the mountain
in the current painting indicates a storm and provides a more convincing match
to the title. With search engines working overtime, other discoveries followed.
Noah and his family are now identified in The Images, another work from
the Ark series, and a standing figure has been identified as Christ Draped
in Purple, a scene from the Passion. The artist’s masterpiece, Our Lady
of the Apocalypse, is explored
in detail, panel by panel. Another exceptional work,
is presented as a representation of everyday life on Aran and The Sleepers have been identified
as women waiting for a boat on Aran.
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