At the turn of the 20th century, a number of pioneering artists from Ireland broke free from conservative artistic circles in Dublin and headed for the Continent. In the cauldron of creative activity in Paris and its environs, the artists absorbed the exciting new artistic developments into their own work. Suddenly in Irish Art, we begin to see a loosening of brushwork, bolder colours, changing perspectives and formal experimentations. Exhibiting these pictures back in Ireland was a shock to conservative tastes and they were not always readily received. However thanks to the steadfast commitment of these artists to modernist principles, the artistic landscape in Ireland slowly shifted and set the way for future generations. In the Irish Art sale this September, a number of impressive examples illustrate the work of Ireland’s most ground-breaking artists.