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Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene

Country Scene

Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900 – 1979)

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  • Artist
    Maurice MacGonigal PRHA
  • Title
    Country Scene
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    75.25 × 62 × 75.25cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A Healy, 1975 (Josephine C Healy Memorial Collection)
Description

The son of a painter and decorator from Sligo, Maurice MacGonigal was born in Dublin and gained his early art education through an apprenticeship in his uncle’s stained glass firm. This studio, owned by Joshua Clarke, was also the artistic nursery for MacGonigal’s cousin Harry Clarke, who became Ireland’s most celebrated stained glass artist.
In 1917, MacGonigal’s political convictions led him to join Na Fianna Éireann, the nationalist youth organisation founded in 1909 by Constance Markievicz and Bulmer Hobson. Graduating to the Irish Republican Army, he took part in military activities that led to his arrest and imprisonment in Kilmainham Jail and Ballykinlar Camp, Co. Down.

After his release he attended evening classes at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and soon won a scholarship for full time study. Like his contemporary, Seán Keating, MacGonigal was to play an influential role in the shaping of twentieth-century Irish art. He was Professor of Painting at the National College of Art from 1954–1969 and took over the Presidency of the Royal Hibernian Academy when Keating resigned in 1962.
Depicting an old man and his dog in an unspecified western landscape, Country Scene displays the influence of Paul Henry’s picturesque images of thatched cottages under benign cloud-filled skies.

Written by Riann Coulter

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