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Lot 43: Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)The Temple of Concord - Agrigento, SicilyOil on board, 21 x 31cm (8¼ x 12¼)SignedProvenance: Thought to have been acquired directly from the artist in the 1950s.Patrick Hennessy’s painting tours of the Continent

Important Irish Art 7th December 2016

by Adam's

December 7, 2016

Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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Description: Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)The Temple of Concord - Agrigento, SicilyOil on board, 21 x 31cm (8¼ x 12¼)SignedProvenance: Thought to have been acquired directly from the artist in the 1950s.Patrick Hennessy’s painting tours of the Continent were always faithfully recorded in the paintings shown in his annual exhibition in the Hendriks Gallery. These tours gave him subjects to paint that he relished, particularly the Classical and Antique. His body of work contains many examples of paintings depicting classical statues and ruins, of which several were shown in the De Profundis Exhibition at IMMA early this year, namely 'The Man-Made Man and Rose' and 'Horseman, pass by'. They gave him an opportunity to display his considerable expertise in the effect of trompe l’oeil.The ruined temple of Agrigento is different compared to a number of Hennessy Classical subjects. The low viewpoint in which the main subject takes up only one third of the bottom of the canvas is not unusual in his work. He liked to paint large expanses of blue cloudless skies, but the way in which he has framed the temple by positioning it between two cactus trees in the very near foreground is not his usual practice, but it is a nod towards classical landscape painting. The slight presence of colour in the flowers at the base of the painting serve to contrast with the otherwise arid ground, all perfectly painted.Kevin A. Rutledge November 2016

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