Description: Norman Garstin (1847-1926) Madonna Lilies Oil on panel, 27.3 x 21cm (10¾ x 8¼'') Signed, inscribed verso. Provenance: Previously in the Collection of the late John Chambers. Exhibited: ''The Irish Impressionists'', National Gallery of Ireland, Oct/Nov. 1984, and the Ulster Musuem, Belfast, Feb/March, 1985, cat. no. 55; ''Painting in Newlyn'', The Barbican Arts Centre, London, cat. no. 57; The Frederick Gallery, Dublin, Christmas 1997, cat. no. 1.( illustrated front cover) where purchased by current owner ''The French Connection'' The AVA Gallery, Clandyboye, Aug/Sept 2010. The Hunt Museum Limerick Sept/Oct 2010, Cat. No. 3 Literature: The Irish Impressionists Irish artists in France and Belgium 1850-1914, by Dr Julian A Campbell (1984); The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin p 55, illustrated; ''Norman Garstin: Irishman and Newlyn Artist'' by Richard Pryke 2005. Full page illustration p117 ''The French Connection'' 2010 Exhibition Catalogue, full page illustration p8 Norman Garstin was born at Cahirconlish, Co. Limerick. In 1880 Garstin travelled to Antwerp where he studied under Charles Verlat for two years before moving to Paris where he met Degas and studied under Carolus-Duran for three years at the same academy as Roderic O'Conor. He painted in both Brittany and Normandy and later went on to become one of the leading lights of the Newlyn School of painters along with Stanhope Forbes. This garden scene with lilies, and the red rooftops, is reminiscent of Osborne's English scenes, for example 'A Cottage Garden', 1888, but the presence of two nuns who emerge through the archway suggests that this may be a Breton scene.
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