Leo Whelan, R.H.A.
The Artist's Niece Lena | La nièce de l'artiste, Lena
Property from the Collection of the Late Brian P. Burns
Leo Whelan, R.H.A.
The Artist's Niece Lena
signed LEO WHELAN (lower right)
oil on panel
unframed: 30.5 by 26cm.; 12 by 10¼in.
framed: 44.5 by 41cm.; 17½ by 16in.
Provenant de l'ancienne Collection de Brian P. Burns
Leo Whelan, R.H.A.
La nièce de l'artiste, Lena
signé LEO WHELAN (en bas à droite)
huile sur panneau
san cadre: 30.5 by 26cm.; 12 by 10¼in.
avec cadre: 44.5 by 41cm.; 17½ by 16in.
The panel appears to be sound and the work in good overall condition. Minor frame abrasion to extreme lower right edge.
UV light reveals opaque varnish. There are two spots of retouching near the upper right corner, another small area to the centre of the lower edge and a few spots near the table in the centre of the left edge.
Held in an ebony composite frame.
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The Artist's Family
Gorry Gallery, Dublin, where acquired by the late Brian P. Burns
Famille de l'artiste
Gorry Gallery, Dublin, où elle a été acquise par feu Brian P. Burns
Boston, Boston College Museum of Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 26 January - 19 May 1996, no.12, illustrated p.87, with tour to Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 19 June - 25 August 1996 and New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998
Boston, Boston College Museum of Art, America's Eye : Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 26 janvier - 19 mai 1996, no.12, illustré p.87, avec une tournée à Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 19 juin - 25 août 1996 et New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, 25 septembre 1997 - 4 janvier 1998
Whelan was one of the leading portrait painters in Ireland although the present work depicts a more intimate genre work. Although depicting the artist's niece and painted circa 1940 at the Whelan family home in Dublin, the feeling evoked is of domestic life in a rural cottage at the end of the 19th century. In a sparse room, a young woman sews beside a table placed in front of a fireplace. The earthy tones emphasise the rural setting, while the composition and use of light also reveals the artist's interest in the early Dutch genre masters.