EXHIBITED: Probably Paintings by Paul Henry, R.H.A., Combridge's Gallery, Dublin, 23 October-6 November 1945 (cat.no.4 or 20) Probably Pictures by Paul Henry, R.H.A., Heal & Son, Tottenham Court Road, London, from 14 January 1946 (cat.no.8) Paintings and Charcoals: Paul Henry R.H.A., Waddington Galleries, South Anne Street, Dublin, 21 February- 3 March 1952 (cat.no.18)
This painting seems to be a companion to Henry's The Fishing Boat (Kennedy, 2007, catalogue number 1057, ill.) which the artist exhibited in his 1945 Dublin, 1946 London and 1952 Dublin exhibitions. In each picture the fishing boat and its reflections in the still waters are treated in the same manner and the landscape is similar. Although one cannot be certain, the setting appears to look south east from Achill Sound, in which case the habitation to the right is Gubnafarsda, the land to the left is Scrahagranaghan, and the background mountain is Derreen. It is an area that Henry painted many times. The closeness of the tones, with little or no over-working, the clean, crisp palette and economy of the brushwork betray the influence of Whistler, Henry's erstwhile teacher in fin de siècle Paris.
Dated circa 1943-5 on stylistic grounds. Landscape with a Fishing Boat is numbered 1280 in S.B. Kennedy's ongoing cataloguing of Paul Henry's oeuvre and we are grateful to him for compiling this catalogue entry.