Fine Arts

Wonderful Irish paintings in the frame at Adam’s important art auction

Works from self-taught James Arthur O’Connor, Ellen Conley and William Orpen feature in upcoming sale

Near the Docks by Jack Butler Yeats, estimate €100,000-€150,000

“I am trying to wake up these sleepy Irish painters to do great things…” is a quote from Sir Hugh Lane in Lady Gregory’s 1921 publication on Lane’s life and achievements.

Lane certainly altered the course of art on this island but as Adam’s upcoming Important Irish Art Auction illustrates, Irish art has been in good stead over the centuries.

Take for example Dublin-born romantic painter James Arthur O’Connor. Largely self-taught, he first exhibited at ...