Connemara mountains signed 'PAUL HENRY' (lower left) oil on board 21.5 x 26.5 cm. (8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.) Painted circa 1919-1921
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, U.K.
EXHIBITED: Possibly Belfast, Magee's Gallery, Pictures by Paul and Grace Henry, May 1921 (number unknown).
LITERATURE: Possibly S. B. Kennedy, Paul Henry: with a catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007, p. 216, number 563
This may be a composition known as The Turf Stacks that Henry exhibited in his 1921 Belfast exhibition, reviewing which the News-Letter (11 May 1921) thought it '...a little gem of pure colour and skilful pattern.' The reviewer continued: 'The manner in which the dark masses of the stacks are used to contrast with the soft liquidity of water and sky is an excellent lesson in composition.' The scene may in fact be in County Antrim, where Henry worked for a time in 1919. Judged stylistically the picture must date from around this time and in terms of the subject matter, composition and execution it may be compared to other Henry pictures of the period, notably Western Skies, 1919, and Antrim Bog19, (Kennedy 2007, numbers 526 and 525 respectively).
We are grateful to Dr Kennedy for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.