Windswept by Paul Henry painting a highlight of a million dollar virtual art sale



A new exhibition of Rembrandt prints is now on display at the Crawford Gallery in Cork. The free exhibition, suspended for 16 months, features 50 of the Dutch master’s finest works from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and is the only place in Ireland where these works can be seen.

It’s fitting that Rembrandt is on display in the historic Emmet Place gallery – once the city’s customs house – as Cork was a thriving trading port, in part thanks to Dutch trade. In collaboration with Cork Printmakers, a print studio will be set up in the gallery to explore tools, practices and processes with workshops and online resources.

Two art auctions are taking place this week in Dublin. The Whyte’s of Molesworth Street fall auction will see £ 1million of Irish and international art hit the market on Monday. It will be a virtual sale, in which the participation of bidders will be via internet, telephone, email and mail, and the sale will be broadcast live from the auction room with real-time auctions, but without participation in person.

Highlights include A Village in Connemara by Paul Henry. With auction records broken twice in the past year for Henry, it shows that collectors’ appetites are stronger than ever, and this prime example is sure to attract auctions. The artwork, centered on a windswept tree and listed with an estimate of € 60,000-80,000, was purchased by Lieutenant-Colonel Frank Stanton, a Canadian based in Ireland during World War I, who brought it to life. purchased directly from the artist along with five others.

Harvesters Picnic, Daniel O’Neill, € 30,000 to € 40,000, Whyte’s

Farewell to Rosses Point, Jack B Yeats, € 120,000 to € 160,000, Adam's

Farewell to Rosses Point, Jack B Yeats, € 120,000 to € 160,000, Adam’s

Famine Ship, John Behan, € 8,000 to € 12,000, Whyte's

Famine Ship, John Behan, € 8,000 to € 12,000, Whyte’s

Daniel O’Neill

Daniel O’Neill fans have two choices of fine examples of the mostly self-taught painter from Belfast. Harvesters Picnic described as “a nighttime and ominous dream time” is priced between € 30,000 and € 40,000, while the “imaginative and often haunting” Culdaff in County Donegal fetch € 15,000 to € 20,000.

From the Yeats family are works of sisters Lily and Elizabeth. In a large frame is Trees at Night, depicting a forest scene on blue poplin by Lily Yeats. The embroidered scene, which is larger than his typical known pieces, is placed in a frame by James Hicks, an accomplished cabinetmaker of his time (€ 8,000 to € 12,000).

Spanish girl, Daniel O'Neill, € 20,000 to € 30,000, Adam's

Spanish girl, Daniel O’Neill, € 20,000 to € 30,000, Adam’s

Self-portrait with windows and table, William Leech, € 20,000-30,000, Adam's

Self-portrait with windows and table, William Leech, € 20,000-30,000, Adam’s

Don Quixote, Sean Keating, € 30,000 to € 50,000, Adam's

Don Quixote, Sean Keating, € 30,000 to € 50,000, Adam’s

Also in the catalog are works by Bob Dylan (lots 101 and 102, 1,500-2,000 €) and David Bowie – Head (5,000-7,000 €). Bowie painted several paintings during rehearsal breaks but destroyed most of them, and this piece premiered in preproduction room 1 of The Factory in Ringsend, Dublin, in 1997, where the singer was rehearsing for his Earthling Tour, and was acquired by the current owner from a colleague at The Factory. The sale also features works by John Shinnors, Tony O’Malley, Cecil Maguire, Donald Teskey, Louis le Brocquy, Letitia Hamilton and Hughie O’Donoghue.


Adam’s of St Stephens’ Green will open to the public for in-person sale on Wednesday. Bidders will also be able to buy online and by tender in the sale of over 140 lots. One of the best lots is Farewell to Rosses Point by Jack B Yeats – which is currently being celebrated at the Painting and Memory exhibit at the National Gallery to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. This painting is appropriate because memory also plays an important role, as it recalls his time as a child in Sligo, where he regularly traveled on pilot boats that guided merchant ships to the town of Sligo. This is the first time it has hit the market. It was bought directly from the artist by Dr LB Somerville Large in 1946, and came by descent to the current owners (120,000-160,000 €).

A watercolor by Yeats, from the collection of Dr Karl Mullen, depicting a group of young boys playing handball, is also based on a scene the artist painted in Swinford, Co. Mayo, during his visit with JM Synge in 1905. The Manchester Guardian had entrusted the duo with the writing and illustration of a series of articles on congested neighborhoods (€ 20,000-30,000).

Walter Frederick Osborne’s pump of St. Nicholas of Antwerp, “which introduced a new dramatic stream of realism into Irish art”, was first exhibited in Dublin in 1883. It was one of the first open-air paintings that the artist painted on the continent. . It is estimated between 70,000 and 100,000 € and previously belonged to the collection of bookseller Fred Hanna.

Self Portrait with Window and Table by William J Leech evokes the dappled light on the foliage found in his most famous A Convent Garden, Brittany, at the National Gallery in Merrion Square. The old painting was done in the last years of his life. His expression in the work is said to signify his disillusionment with his own achievements as a painter, despite the enormous recognition he received for his art. Leech struggled financially, often making his own frames to save money (€ 20,000 to € 30,000).


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