Visions of Ireland's colourful past still vivid

It is difficult to imagine the impact of cubist art when first shown at the Society of Dublin Painters group show in 1923, writes Ros Drinkwater.

18th May, 2013
Thatched Cottages with Lake and Mountains Beyond by Paul Henry.

So blunted are we by change and innovation on a mindblowing scale that it is difficult to imagine the impact of cubist art when first shown at the Society of Dublin Painters group show in 1923. The artist was Mainie Jellett, the canvas was entitled Decoration and 'freak' was the word chosen by the Irish Times art critic to describe it.

To the newspaper's credit, by 1927 it had got ahead of the curve, describing Jellett...

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