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Lot 44: Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)Still Life with Lemons and Pink FabricOil on board, 50.5 x 40.8cm (20 x 16)SignedProvenance: Thought to have been acquired directly from the artist in the 1950s.Exhibited: 'Patrick Hennessy: DC Profundis' exhibi

Important Irish Art 7th December 2016

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December 7, 2016

Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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Description: Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)Still Life with Lemons and Pink FabricOil on board, 50.5 x 40.8cm (20 x 16)SignedProvenance: Thought to have been acquired directly from the artist in the 1950s.Exhibited: 'Patrick Hennessy: DC Profundis' exhibition, IMMA, March/July 2016.This simple still life is an arrangement of a length of fabric hanging from the back of a chair with two lemons placed on the seat of the chair. Unusually, Hennessy chose a printed cloth. His usual choice was for heavy textured damasks and brocades. One could surmise this was to show his skill at rendering the textures and designs on canvas. But here in this painting the emphasis is on the folds, tucks and gathers in the draped pink cloth. The yellow of the lemons resting on the cloth is a stark contrast to the pink.Patrick Hennessy never tired of painting still lives. Every exhibition had its quota and they were commercially successful. His admiration for the 17th Century Dutch members of that genre, and Chardin and Vermeer, painters of quiet mood and emotion, fuelled his desire to emulate them. This was paramount to his success. His clients wanted simple decorative still lives, not broody contentious subject matter. Hennessy fulfilled this need perfectly.Kevin A. Rutledge November 2016

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