Thursday February 27, 2020

Modernists and mavericks from Paris to Wicklow

Mainie Jellett, Paul Henry and Jack B Yeats shine in a collection of starry Irish art

27th May, 2018
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Counting the Flock by Walter Frederick Osborne (€100,000–€150,000)

Like good wine, an idea in the mind of an artist can lie dormant for decades before reaching full maturity. A headline lot at Adam’s this week is Jack B Yeats’s The Belle of Chinatown. It was painted in 1943, but its genesis can be found in sketches made during his 1904 trip to Manhattan. Yeats was captivated by the cosmopolitan atmosphere – Chinatown was a favourite haunt, and he revelled in the dramatically contrasting...

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