Three Hundred Years of Irish Landscape Painting
2 November 2012 – 7 April 2013
Free to all
A survey of Irish landscape painting through the ages, from the eighteenth-century vogue for classical harmony to the impact of Modernism in the twentieth.
Key players in the history of Irish landscape painting over the past 300 years are featured in this comprehensive exhibition.
Many of the works are taken from the Ulster Museum’s extensive collection, including paintings by Bartholomew Colles Watkins, who sought to emphasise the scale and dramatic tension of the countryside, revealing a rich heritage of landscape painting throughout the nineteenth-century.
There are also works by the Modernists painters Roderic O’Connor and Sir John Lavery, who, while spending much of their time painting landscapes abroad, had their roots in the Irish tradition.
The show is divided into three stages, charting the changes in fashion from the classical formalism of the eighteenth century to the radical innovations of the twentieth.
Paintings by the renowned Irish landscape artist, George Barret Snr, who was born in Dublin and was a founding member of the Royal Academy. His break came when his painting The Waterfall at Powerscourt (1728) was exhibited at the Fine Art Society in London.
Landscape (1857) by Henry Gastineau bought with the help of The Art Fund and Ecclesiastical Ruins on Inniscaltra (1863) by the ill-fated Bartholomew Colles Watkins who died young after contracting a cold on a painting trip.