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Details & Cataloguing

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Paul Henry, R.H.A., R.U.A.
1876-1958
THE ROAD BY THE LAKE

Provenance

Sotheby's, London, 9 May 2007, lot 52, where purchased by the present owner

Exhibited

Toronto, Eaton Galleries, Recent Paintings by Paul Henry, 19 September - 2 October 1936, no.17

Literature

S.B. Kennedy, Paul Henry, Yale University Press, 2000, p.281, no.919

Catalogue Note

The present work was executed circa 1935-36 and selected by Henry for inclusion in his 1936 exhibition in Toronto. While the setting cannot be identified, it is almost certainly of Connemara.

The picture is imbued with a sense of freshness and freedom, the sky and clouds transient in both pattern and nature. The brushwork has been swiftly applied with a directness and assurance that show Henry at the height of his artistic powers and also recalls the influence of Henry's onetime teacher in Paris, Whistler, who taught his students that they should observe things in direct and simple terms and lay them down harmoniously in closely modulated tones. It is this approach which underpins much of Henry's best work.

During the mid to late 1930s Henry's painting had a final glorious flourish and the present work, along with similar examples such as the collection of works done in 1939 for Sean O'Faolain's book, An Irish Journey (London, Longmans, Green, 1940), can be considered as one of the best examples of this last creative surge. Within a year or two Henry suffered an illness which led to almost total blindness and the end of his painting career.

We are grateful to S. B. Kennedy for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.

  

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