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George Campbell, R.H.A.
1917-1974
JACK B. YEATS, AN IMPRESSION
signed l.l.: Campbell
oil on board
45.5 by 60cm., 18 by 23¾in.
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來源

Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin;
Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 1995

展覽

Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 1951, no.48;
Dublin, Gorry Gallery, Exhibition of 18th, 19th & 20th Century Irish Paintings, May - June 1995, no.54;
Boston, Boston College Museum of Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 26 January - 19 May 1996, no.47, illustrated p.138, 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

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In this painting, a respectful tribute from one artist to another, George Campbell depicts Jack Butler Yeats standing on a cliff path, overlooking a bay, with mountains and rolling clouds in the distance. The location is an imagined Rosses Point, Sligo, where Yeats spent much of his childhood, and which remained an inspiration in his art and writings throughout his life. Below the figure of the artist, two people walk on the beach, engaged in conversation. In this homage, Campbell succeeds in capturing something of the spirit of Yeats’s art, and also of a sense of the solid, reserved quality of the man himself. Yeats’s grey overcoat acquires an almost monumental quality, with the man himself, grey-haired and bespectacled, seemingly lost in a reverie as he gazes into a landscape that is also his own past.

Born in Arklow in 1917, George Campbell was raised in Belfast by his widowed mother, Gretta Bowen, (who herself would later became a well-known painter). During World War II, after witnessing the destruction of a section of the city by aerial bombardment, resulting in the deaths of over nine hundred civilians, Campbell felt compelled to take up painting, and record his visual impressions of the ruined buildings. He became friendly with fellow-artist Gerard Dillon, from the Falls Road, with whom he visited Connemara. Campbell’s first exhibition was held in March 1944 at the Mol Gallery in Belfast, with both he and his brother Arthur showing paintings. Together, they produced a book, Ulster in Black and White (1943). Evolving a style that was influenced by Abstraction and the School of Paris, he based his compositions on landscapes and still lives, but employed a painterly technique reminiscent of Tachisme. Campbell then spent several months in London, before having his first solo show, in 1946, at the Victor Waddington Gallery in Dublin. Two years later, he exhibited in London, in a group show that included Daniel O’Neill, Gerard Dillon and Nevill Johnson. In 1948, he was in Paris, where he got to know the Russian Modernist sculptor Ossip Zadine. Returning to Ireland, Campbell spent some time living in Connemara, in Gerard Dillon’s cottage on Inishlackan Island, near Roundstone. A long-held interest in Spain and Spanish culture led him to become a frequent visitor to Spain, from 1951 onwards, and he travelled throughout the Iberian Penninsula, painting in Catalonia, Málaga and Córdoba, and learning to play the guitar in the flamenco style. Campbell’s love affair with Spain continued over the next thirty years, inspiring both paintings that he exhibited at the Waddington Gallery, and, in later years, at the Hendriks Gallery in Dublin, and also radio broadcasts for RTÉ.

Peter Murray

布萊恩‧伯恩斯收藏愛爾蘭藝術

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