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Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait

Self-Portrait

Sean Keating PRHA (1889 – 1977)

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  • Artist
    Sean Keating PRHA
  • Title
    Self-Portrait
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    49 × 59.25cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A Healy, 1975 (Josephine C Healy Memorial Collection)
Description

Born in Limerick, Seán Keating attended art classes in the Limerick Technical School before winning a scholarship to the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. At the Metropolitan School Keating was taught by William Orpen and soon became one of his favourite pupils. Orpen later appointed Keating as his assistant in London and also used him as a model in several of his Irish themed paintings including The Holy Well, 1916 and Man of the West, 1915. In both paintings Keating is depicted as the quintessential Irishman deeply rooted in the landscape and traditions of the west of Ireland.

Like Orpen, Keating created numerous self-portraits during his long career and often used himself and his friends as models. He also made a number of images where he depicted himself as a man of the west. This element of masquerade, which can be interpreted as Keating’s way of declaring his allegiance to a nationalist idea of Ireland, is particularly evident in his well known painting, Men of the West, 1915. Drawing on the iconography of both the Irish and American west, Keating depicts himself as a rebel, ready to defend the Irish flag and the traditional culture of the west of Ireland.

Written by Riann Coulter

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