Artists in the Collection

Mary Swanzy HRHA

Born 1882, Dublin, Ireland
Died 1978, London, England

Dublin born, Mary Swanzy received art tuition from May Manning and occasionally from John Butler Yeats. She first exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1905 and continued regularly showing there until shortly before her death.

A strong advocate of modern art, following encouragement from John Butler Yeats, in 1905 Swanzy studied in Paris and was highly influenced by ithe emerging modern French art schools, including Cubism. She was a regular at Gertrude Stein’s soirée’s and was exposed to work by Picasso and Cézanne and other modern masters.

Following her parents bereavement, Swanzy became financially independent adb travelled widely in eastern Eurpose and the Pacific region, including Honolulu and Samoa in the early years of the 1920’s.

In 1949 she was elected an honorary member of the RHA. She moved to London shortly afterwards, and her work was not seen in Dublin again until 1968 when a retrospective of her work was held at the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane.

Swanzy continued to paint up to the year of her death, aged 96.