Lot 9
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EVIE HONE | Untitled

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
22,500 GBP
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  • Evie Hone
  • Untitled
  • signed and dated l.r.: E. Hone. 1932.
  • oil on canvas
  • 81 by 86.5cm., 32 by 34in.


Private collection, Ireland, from whom purchased by the previous owner in 1979 and thence by descent

Catalogue Note

This vibrant abstract composition completed in 1932, displays Evie Hone’s well established style strongly influenced by the Cubist artists, André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. In the years that followed the end of First World War, Ireland saw an increase of female artists emigrate to France to study modern French painting, and by the early 1920s Hone, along with fellow Irish artist, Mainie Jellet, moved to Paris to train under Lhoté in 1921 and later Gleizes from 1922-31. During the early period of these artists’ training their works are almost indistinguishable from one another. Evidently, Hone’s art was greatly inspired by the Cubist style and this particular painting would have been completed around the time of her transition to religious stained-glass compositions in the early 1930s. Hone uses a wide ranging colour palette, with darker tones dominating the outer parts of the composition, transitioning into lighter hues at the core. This harmonious configuration offers no clear subject matter, concentrating primlarily on colour, form, line and pattern, although it is well-known that Hone often based her abstract studies on religious themes.

Today it is considered that along with Jellet, Hone was one of the pioneering artists to bring a certain strain of Modernist art - inspired by Cubism - to the forefront of the Irish Art scene, subsequently influencing a new generation of artists that was to follow them.