The Curragh signed 'PAUL HENRY' (lower left) oil on board 33 x 41.2 cm. (13 x 16 1/4 in.) Painted 1913-14
PROVENANCE: Acquired by Mr. & Mrs. Windsor Lewis from the 1957 exhibition Acquired by the father of the present owner circa 1960 Private Collection, Ireland
EXHIBITED: Belfast, Art Gallery of the Belfast Industrial Development Association, Pictures of Connemara by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Henry, 19 February-5 March 1914, cat.no.2 Belfast, Magee's Gallery, Paintings by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Henry, April 1919, cat.no.15 Dublin, Mill's Hall, Paintings by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Henry, 12-24 May 1919, cat.no.12 Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, April 1943, cat.no.128 Shannon, Shannon Free Airport, Paul Henry: Paintings and Drawings, August 1957, cat.no.26 Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Paul Henry, 19 February-18 March 2003, cat.no.40 (col.ill)
LITERATURE: Ann M. Stewart (ed), Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts: Index of Exhibitors and Works 1826-1979, Manton Publishing, Dublin, 1985, p.82 S.B. Kennedy, Paul Henry; Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2007, p.177, cat.no.391 (col.ill)
In his literature on the artist Dr. S.B. Kennedy remarks:
A composition full of drama which is accentuated by the use of a high horizon, below which the fresh, wind-blown clouds sink, as if to remind us of the danger facing the crew of the little craft. The spontaneity and fluidity of the brushwork show Henry at his best in these years. Reviewing his 1914 Belfast exhibition and noting the harsh life of the islanders on Achill the Northern Whig (19 February 1914) commented that here 'Mr. Henry brings home the struggle even more vividly, and the swing of the crew driving the boat in the teeth of wind and wave has a touch of defiance.' (S.B. Kennedy, Paul Henry; Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2007, p.177).
We are grateful to Dr. S.B. Kennedy for his assistance in cataloguing this work.