New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998
Aloysius O'Kelly's paintings range in subject from scenes of Brittany - a popular artist colony; Irish rural life and Oriental views. Ireland produced very few Orientalist painters, and O'Kelly developed his interest while studying under the great Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the mid-1870s. He produced a number of paintings in North Africa including Tangier and Cairo; while Lavery is the most obvious connection to O'Kelly in this capacity (see following lot), O'Kelly's greater focus on individuals and their way of life distinguishes his art.
The canvas has been lined. There is a craquelure pattern, mainly located in the centre and upper right of the composition, which appears stable.
Under UV light there appear to be three minor spots of retouching in the sky upper right. A few flecks to the figures in the right-hand archway and a small spot above the signature.
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