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Norah McGuinness (Irish, 1901-1980) Geese

Lot 207: Norah McGuinness (Irish, 1901-1980) Geese

Auction Date: Nov 23, 2021

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Description: Norah McGuinness (Irish, 1901-1980)
Geese
signed 'N McGUINNESS' (lower right)
oil on canvas
25 x 36.5cm (9 13/16 x 14 3/8in).
For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website
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Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Bonhams

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Nora (Norah) McGuinness (1901 - 1980) Irish

Lot 151: Nora (Norah) McGuinness (1901 - 1980) Irish

Auction Date: Nov 07, 2021

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Nora (Norah) McGuinness (1901 - 1980) Irish
Watercolor on Paper
Measure 16 1/2"in H x 20 1/4"in W and 25 1/2"in H x 29 1/2"in W with frame

Known for: Modernist, abstract landscape and still life painting, graphics, illustration
Name variants: Norah McGuiness
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Location: Coral Gables, FL, US

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Nora (Norah) McGuinness (1901 - 1980) Irish

Lot 170: Nora (Norah) McGuinness (1901 - 1980) Irish

Auction Date: Nov 07, 2021

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Description: Nora (Norah) McGuinness (1901 - 1980) Irish
Watercolor on Paper
Measure 4 1/2"in H x 6 1/2"in W and 7 3/4"in H x 10"in W with frame

Known for: Modernist, abstract landscape and still life painting, graphics, illustration
Name variants: Norah McGuiness
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Location: Coral Gables, FL, US

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Boats on the Lough Watercolour, 30.5 x 45.5cm (12 x 18'') Signed indistinctly

Lot 31: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Boats on the Lough Watercolour, 30.5 x 45.5cm (12 x 18'') Signed indistinctly

Auction Date: Sep 29, 2021

Estimate: €3,000 - €5,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Boats on the Lough Watercolour, 30.5 x 45.5cm (12 x 18'') Signed indistinctly...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) On a Full Tide Watercolour and gouache, 35 x 48cm (13¾ x 19'') Signed and dated (19)'38 Provenance: With The Dawson Gallery, Dublin, label verso.

Lot 32: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) On a Full Tide Watercolour and gouache, 35 x 48cm (13¾ x 19'') Signed and dated (19)'38 Provenance: With The Dawson Gallery, Dublin, label verso.

Auction Date: Sep 29, 2021

Estimate: €3,000 - €5,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) On a Full Tide Watercolour and gouache, 35 x 48cm (13¾ x 19'') Signed and dated (19)'38 Provenance: With The Dawson Gallery, Dublin, label verso....

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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NORAH MCGUINNESS HRHA (1901-1980) Study of a Reclining Gentleman Pencil, 28 x 44cm Signed with initials

Lot 106: NORAH MCGUINNESS HRHA (1901-1980) Study of a Reclining Gentleman Pencil, 28 x 44cm Signed with initials

Auction Date: Sep 07, 2021

Estimate: €500 - €800

Description: NORAH MCGUINNESS HRHA (1901-1980) Study of a Reclining Gentleman Pencil, 28 x 44cm Signed with initials...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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§ NORAH MCGUINESS HRHA (IRISH 1901-1980)

Lot 54: § NORAH MCGUINESS HRHA (IRISH 1901-1980)

Auction Date: Jul 08, 2021

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Description: § NORAH MCGUINESS HRHA (IRISH 1901-1980)

NORAH MCGUINESS (1901-1980)
Portofino
signed and dated NM Guinness/48 (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and gouache
41.5 x 56 cm (16 1/4 x 22 in)

PROVENANCE:
Sale, Bonhams, London, 8 December 2009, lot 28

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Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Chiswick Auctions

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Wicklow Garden

Lot 35: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Wicklow Garden

Auction Date: Jun 02, 2021

Estimate: €500 - €800

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
Wicklow Garden
Indian ink and Watercolour, 17 x 24.5cm (6¾ x 9¾'')
With impressed studio stamp
Provenance: With Taylor Galleries, Dublin, label verso.

Starting Bid: € 350
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Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Melon on Terrace Table (1950)

Lot 70: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Melon on Terrace Table (1950)

Auction Date: Jun 02, 2021

Estimate: €15,000 - €20,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
Melon on Terrace Table (1950)
Oil on canvas, 55.5 x 89cm (21¾ x 35'')
Signed; inscribed with title verso 'Terrace Table with Melon'
Provenance: With Taylor Galleries, Dublin, March/April 1979, where purchased by the current owner. In the early 20th century Irish Art was steeped in tradition. The formation of the Free State in 1922 saw a nation scrambling to recapture its identity, focussing on academic depictions of rural life to separate them from an ever more modern Britain. For those artists who wished to escape this insularity, continental Europe provided the perfect opportunity. Like many Irish artists before her, Norah McGuinness travelled to Paris in 1929 to study under André Lhote and was immersed in the excitement of the European art scene. Under Lhote, McGuinness learned Cubism but, within her circles, she would have been exposed to Fauvism, Impressionism, Futurism and a myriad of ideologies in between. Leaving Paris, McGuinness took what she had learned and went to London where she briefly settled until WWII convinced her that it was time to return to Ireland. Arriving in Dublin alongside many fellow artists in the same position, McGuinness found a country devoid of new thought. Art remained in the clutches of academia, with the RHA acting as the sole exhibition space for contemporary artists. Dissatisfied, the Irish Exhibition of Living Art was established in 1943, with McGuinness among its founding members. A year later, McGuinness succeeded Mainie Jellett as president of the foundation and she continued to head it for over twenty years, encouraging and promoting modern art in Ireland. The IELA served as a platform for non-academic artists to show their works and, following the end of the War, continental artists were invited to exhibit their pieces also, creating an influx of modern ideals to the country. Suddenly, pieces by Hockney, Picasso, Manet and Miro were all accessible from Dublin and the artistic revolution was well underway. A pioneer for the modern art movement, Norah McGuinness was selected, alongside Nano Reid, to represent Ireland at the 1950 Venice Biennale. This was the first time that Ireland had entered the exhibition and it was therefore paramount that they put their best work forward. Believing that the unique styles of Reid and McGuinness could proudly hold their own against paintings by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, they were sent off with twelve works each. The exhibition was a success, with the Italian president even purchasing one of McGuinness' works. In the same year, McGuinness painted the current lot, 'Melon on Terrace Table'. A joyful and eclectic mix of different styles, this work oozes continental charm and demonstrates McGuinness as someone who is acutely aware of the progress ravaging the art world. The neon yellow table tips its hat to the Fauves, whilst the flattened subject matter and distorted perspective shows Lhote's Cubist legacy. Furthermore, the swift, loose treatment of the spoon and cloth belie the influence of early 20th century Impressionism, yet the image is distinctly McGuinness. The bold lines remember her time as an illustrator and the carefully placed items are reminiscent of her days in set design. A beautiful piece, 'Melon on Terrace Table' is representative of mid-20th century Irish art in that, rather than following a specific and doctored method of painting, it is all-inclusive, allowing the scene's energy to dictate the style.

Starting Bid: € 10500
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Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Night at the Breakwater

Lot 33: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Night at the Breakwater

Auction Date: Jun 02, 2021

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
Night at the Breakwater
Oil on canvas, 50 x 76cm (19¾ x 30'')
Signed; inscribed verso
Provenance: With The Dawson Gallery, label verso. Born in Derry, Norah McGuinness moved to Dublin at the age of eighteen after being awarded a three-year scholarship to study at The Metropolitan School of Art. Her decision was not supported by her parents but, under the tutelage of artists such as Harry Clarke and Patrick Tuohy, she nurtured her talent before heading to London to continue her learning at the Chelsea School of Art. In 1929, she was encouraged by Mainie Jellett to travel to Paris, where McGuinness furthered her education under the cubist André Lhote. McGuinness' time with Lhote was extremely influential as, although she did not become a slavish follower of Cubism, she was exposed to the modern movements which were then traversing the European continent. An intuitive teacher, it would seem that Lhote was particularly careful in encouraging his students' individual characteristics and talents. His list of pupils encompasses Grace Henry, Fr. Jack Hanlon, William Conor, McGuinness and Jellett to name but a few but each developed a very separate and distinct style, with Lhote's influence gently simmering underneath. Mainie Jellet summed up her time in Paris by stating With Lhote, I learned how to use natural forms as a starting point... to produce work based on a knowledge of rhythmical form and organic colour...' Studying McGuinness' work, the truth of this statement becomes apparent as her pieces are undoubtedly celebrations of shape and masterful experiments in tone. 'Night at Breakwater' is an excellent example of this. McGuinness has taken the shoreline and broken it down into its basic forms. Picked out by the moonlight, the sandy yellows of the beach lie in contrast to the inky pools of water. Subtle changes in colour hint at the water's depth and calm movement, whilst on land smatterings of orange and brown denote the abrasive nature of the sand. Sitting atop these organic elements are the man-made structures which have been approached in a harsher and bolder manner. Thick swabs of white interrupt the peaceful view, highlighting the structures as unnatural and clumsy additions to the waterfront. Despite the quick brushstrokes to the fore and middle grounds, the painting exudes a sense of calm, cemented by the serenity of the stretching sea behind. A master of atmosphere, McGuinness has artfully provided an impression of the urban shoreline at night. The image is slightly abstracted and, in places, the perspective is warped, however, we are under no confusion as to what we are looking at. As with all of McGuinness' work, her subject is clearly depicted within the playful nature of her style. Helena Carlyle, May 2021

Starting Bid: € 14000
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Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Mulroy, Co. Donegal

Lot 36: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) - Mulroy, Co. Donegal

Auction Date: Jun 02, 2021

Estimate: €800 - €1,200

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
Mulroy, Co. Donegal
Mixed media on paper, 20.5 x 25cm (8 x 9¾'')
Inscribed 'Mulroy'
Provenance: With The Dawson Gallery, Dublin.

Starting Bid: € 560
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Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Flight over Mulroy Oil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'') Signed Norah McGuinness's paintings of the coastline of Ireland were highly regarded in her lifetime and have since come to be recognised as amongst her most di

Lot 24: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Flight over Mulroy Oil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'') Signed Norah McGuinness's paintings of the coastline of Ireland were highly regarded in her lifetime and have since come to be recognised as amongst her most di

Auction Date: Dec 09, 2020

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Flight over Mulroy Oil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'') Signed Norah McGuinness's paintings of the coastline of Ireland were highly regarded in her lifetime and have since come to be recognised as amongst her most distinctive contribution to modern Irish landscape painting. Many depict the murky sandbanks of Dublin, where she lived. But she also had a studio at Rathmullan on the banks of Lough Swilly close to Co. Derry where she was from originally. While staying here she painted many scenes of Mulroy Bay in North Donegal, the earliest dating from the 1940s. Mulroy links Fanad Head and Rosguill Peninsula and is now spanned by a bridge but was connected by ferry for many years. Literally taking a bird's eye view the painting lays out the contours of the land and sea as seen from above. The shape of the coastline is simplified and the rocks, hills and shrubbery transformed into decorative elements within the flat patterning of the terrain. Soaring across this stylised landscape is a gull, its body extended outwards revealing its plumage and making it appear exotic. More detailed and focused than the ground beneath it, the juxtaposition of the bird and the land emphasise the two separate planes that each occupy. In this way McGuinness draws on her extensive understanding of design and her knowledge of cubism. The final painting was made in the studio, not en plein air, although the artist probably used drawings and sketches made at the scene as her initial inspiration. In the final painting the vagaries of the landscape are subsumed into a more controlled work of art. Subtle geometric patterning and blends of greens, greys and orange transform the natural world into a self-consciously modern painting. As in McGuinness's other Irish landscapes, she manages to make the familiar unfamiliar and present the Irish coastline as exotic and strangely contemporary. Dr. Roisin Kennedy...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Sunflowers, Algarve Coast Oil on board, 56 x 71cm (22 x 28'') Signed In the summer of 1961 Norah McGuinness stayed in the Algarve where she produced several paintings. Six of these were included in her successful so

Lot 108: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Sunflowers, Algarve Coast Oil on board, 56 x 71cm (22 x 28'') Signed In the summer of 1961 Norah McGuinness stayed in the Algarve where she produced several paintings. Six of these were included in her successful so

Auction Date: Dec 09, 2020

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Sunflowers, Algarve Coast Oil on board, 56 x 71cm (22 x 28'') Signed In the summer of 1961 Norah McGuinness stayed in the Algarve where she produced several paintings. Six of these were included in her successful solo exhibition staged at the Dawson Gallery that autumn. This work is similar to other Portuguese landscapes, such as In the Algarve (1961, Private Collection), and dates to this time. According to a contemporary account, the artist found the soaring temperatures in Portugal so extreme that she cut short her stay to return to the cool of her studio in the Dublin Mountains. (1) This colourful work takes in a panoramic view of the Portuguese coastline dominated by a castellated hilltop town with whitewashed walls in the distance. To its left the Sierra is made of strange conical mountains. In the foreground a peasant woman, wearing traditional black and a large hat, carries a basket. The figure emphasises the timeworn nature of everyday life in Portugal, confirming a touristic idea of the country as remote and untouched by modernity. By contrast, below on the yellow sands of a cliff lined beach, the tiny figures of sun-bathers and holidaymakers are visible. The dried out form of a large sunflower dominates the left-hand foreground. The motif, which McGuinness also uses in In the Algarve, denotes the overwhelming power of the sun, as does the burnt orange of the scorched terrain in which it grows. McGuinnesss combination of strong oranges and yellows and the deep blues of the sea and sky impart a sense of the exotic beauty of the Algarve. As in her views of Ireland, the artist applies a cubist inspired lens to the composition. The paint is applied in small rectangular patches and subtle repetition of geometric forms articulates the landscape. Róisín Kennedy 1) Irishwomans Diary, Irish Times, 10 November 1961, p.10....

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) BOG FARM

Lot 69: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) BOG FARM

Auction Date: Dec 07, 2020

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: signed lower right; inscribed [6] on canvas on reverse...

Location: Dublin, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) THE LAST TRAM, 1939

Lot 70: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) THE LAST TRAM, 1939

Auction Date: Dec 07, 2020

Estimate: €6,000 - €8,000

Description: signed lower right; with Taylor Galleries label on reverse...

Location: Dublin, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) OCHRE MINES, AVOCA, COUNTY WICKLOW

Lot 71: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) OCHRE MINES, AVOCA, COUNTY WICKLOW

Auction Date: Dec 07, 2020

Estimate: €15,000 - €20,000

Description: signed lower right; with Jorgensen Fine Art label on reverse...

Location: Dublin, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT

Lot 72: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT

Auction Date: Dec 07, 2020

Estimate: €1,500 - €2,000

Description: signed lower right...

Location: Dublin, IE

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Norah Allison McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Spring Lake, Co. Wicklow (1944)

Lot 82: Norah Allison McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Spring Lake, Co. Wicklow (1944)

Auction Date: Oct 27, 2020

Estimate: €6,000 - €8,000

Description: Norah Allison McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
Spring Lake, Co. Wicklow (1944)
watercolour
signed and dated '44
h:35  w:46 cm.

Provenance:
Private Collection

A key figure in Irish Modernism, Norah McGuinness was an exceptionally versatile and creative artist who applied herself to painting, illustration, window display - she designed the Brown Thomas window displays for many years - and the theatre, designing sets and costumes. This fresh, lively watercolour is a fine example of her bold, decisive, graphic style. Expertly and economically composed, it conveys a wealth of pictorial information with elegant concision, reflecting Cubist influence without being overwhelmed by it.
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Location: Skibbereen, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) NEWTOWNPARK HOUSE, BLACKROCK, COUNTY DUBLIN, 1947

Lot 45: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) NEWTOWNPARK HOUSE, BLACKROCK, COUNTY DUBLIN, 1947

Auction Date: Oct 19, 2020

Estimate: €15,000 - €20,000

Description: signed and dated lower right; titled and inscribed with provenance on various labels on reverse...

Location: Dublin, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Murrisk AbbeyMixed media on paper, 26 x 33cm (10¼ x 13'')Signed with initials and inscribed in pencil

Lot 24: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Murrisk AbbeyMixed media on paper, 26 x 33cm (10¼ x 13'')Signed with initials and inscribed in pencil

Auction Date: Sep 02, 2020

Estimate: €800 - €1,200

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Murrisk AbbeyMixed media on paper, 26 x 33cm (10¼ x 13'')Signed with initials and inscribed in pencil...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Lobster Pots, BrittanyOil on canvas, 45 x 60cm (17¾ x 23½'')SignedIn this work we are presented with a small snapshot of life in north western France where lobster fishing was an industry central to the coastal r

Lot 48: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Lobster Pots, BrittanyOil on canvas, 45 x 60cm (17¾ x 23½'')SignedIn this work we are presented with a small snapshot of life in north western France where lobster fishing was an industry central to the coastal r

Auction Date: Sep 02, 2020

Estimate: €15,000 - €20,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Lobster Pots, BrittanyOil on canvas, 45 x 60cm (17¾ x 23½'')SignedIn this work we are presented with a small snapshot of life in north western France where lobster fishing was an industry central to the coastal region. The traditional wicker pots used for trapping the lobster dominate the foreground of the painting. One can imagine McGuinness visiting the harbour, making sketches of the everyday rituals of the local fishing community. On this occasion the pots lie idle on the beach, awaiting their next journey out to sea. McGuinness uses a tightly cropped composition, suggesting the harbour stretching out beyond to the horizon on the left and the winding road sweeping up to the right, where a woman walks pushing a pram. A man stands behind her, facing the harbour, moving down a slipway towards the waters edge. Although the work is not dated, there are other known examples of paintings by McGuiness of the Breton landscape, such as the Les Bigoudenes in the Niland Collection, Sligo which depicts the Breton women wearing traditional tall lace headdresses of the Pays Bigouden region. This painting appeared in exhibition of McGuinness? work at the Leicester Galleries, London, in 1951. Or another titled Breton Port which was exhibited in The Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1950. While none of these works are dated by the artist it would suggest that she was working in the area in the late 1940s, early 1950s and would place this lot in a similar time frame. This was many years after her initial visit to France, when on the advice of fellow Irish artist Mainie Jellett, she travelled to Paris in 1929 to study with the cubist painter André Lhote. McGuinness was not as heavily influenced by the theories of cubism as Jellett nor did she adopt them as broadly in her own work. Throughout her career she maintained an interest in figural and representational subject matter, while at the same time introducing a heightened colour palette and broad expressive brushstrokes.In this work the colours take central importance, the surface of the painting is brought to life through the range of tones used by McGuiness, the ochre red of the sand, the dark green of the seaweed, the bright electric blue on the inside of the boat moored on shoreline. She uses thick, expressive brushstrokes, applying the paint in quick motions particularly in the sea, where the shifts in colour from white to blueish green suggest the passing light moving across the water?s surface. The vertical upright form of the ship mast is mirrored in the lighthouse in the background balancing the composition and creating a framing device for the scene taking place in between. A large country house stands overlooking the harbour, diminutive next to the trees, their full blossom outlined by McGuinness with the end of her brush, scraping lines into the painted canvas. This work is an interesting comparison to the established painted imagery of the region. In particular the overwhelming religious iconography associated with the traditional Breton clothing, that so compelled the French Impressionists and early 20th century painters who visited and lived in the artistic community of the region. McGuinness focuses on another aspect of this which feels slightly more considered in its expression of everyday life. She is an observer, avoiding the tendency to mythologise the traditions of the Breton people. Niamh Corcoran, February 2020...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) The Black Swan

Lot 80: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) The Black Swan

Auction Date: Apr 14, 2020

Estimate: €15,000 - €25,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
The Black Swan
oil on canvas
signed lower right and titled verso
h:61  w:76.50 cm.

Provenance:
Dawson Gallery, Dublin (label verso);
Private Collection


Norah McGuinness is a central figure in the history of 20th century Irish art, and a pioneering feminist exemplar. Born in Derry, she moved to Dublin when she won a three-year scholarship to the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. There, Harry Clarke, one of her tutors, recognised her talent and encouraged her to explore illustration, which she did to great acclaim. But studying in London, her enthusiasm for French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism confirmed her commitment to painting. Though her family was prosperous, disapproval of her chosen path meant that she had to be financially self-sufficient from early on.

Illustration and related pursuits - later she was a set designer for the Abbey and the Peacock (she loved theatre), and for many years she designed the window displays for Brown Thomas - remained vital to her livelihood. Though, like several Irish artists, she studied in Paris with André Lhote, she did not become one of "Lhote's daughters," instead making her own style from what she absorbed. That style is strongly graphic and linear, distilling a great deal of information in a compact pictorial statement and based on close observation from nature. She was an immensely social person and a keen traveller, and a founder of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943.
Birds - symbolic of freedom and possibility, perhaps - are frequent subjects. In her lyrical evocation of a 'The Black Swan' on Mulroy Bay, she flattens the perspective and builds her composition from rhythmic curvilinear forms and crisply defined patterns.

Aidan Dunne, March 2020

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Location: Skibbereen, IE

Auction House: Morgan O'Driscoll

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)RockbrookWatercolour and gouache, 25 x 35.5cm (9¾ x 14'')Signed with initialsProvenance: The artist's family, by descent.

Lot 47: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)RockbrookWatercolour and gouache, 25 x 35.5cm (9¾ x 14'')Signed with initialsProvenance: The artist's family, by descent.

Auction Date: Dec 04, 2019

Estimate: €1,500 - €2,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)RockbrookWatercolour and gouache, 25 x 35.5cm (9¾ x 14'')Signed with initialsProvenance: The artist's family, by descent....

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Still Life and Park SceneWatercolour, 31.5 x 48.5cm (12½ x 19'')Provenance: The artist's family, by descent.

Lot 48: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Still Life and Park SceneWatercolour, 31.5 x 48.5cm (12½ x 19'')Provenance: The artist's family, by descent.

Auction Date: Dec 04, 2019

Estimate: €2,000 - €3,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Still Life and Park SceneWatercolour, 31.5 x 48.5cm (12½ x 19'')Provenance: The artist's family, by descent....

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) WAITING IN THE PARK

Lot 49: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) WAITING IN THE PARK

Auction Date: Dec 02, 2019

Estimate: €3,000 - €5,000

Description: signed lower right; with Gordon Gallery label on reverse...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH (THE PEPPERCANISTER), MOUNT STREET, DUBLIN

Lot 39: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH (THE PEPPERCANISTER), MOUNT STREET, DUBLIN

Auction Date: Nov 25, 2019

Estimate: €3,000 - €4,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH (THE PEPPERCANISTER), MOUNT STREET, DUBLIN...

Location: Dublin, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Night in Fitzwilliam Square (1949)Gouache, 53 x 41cm (20¾ x 16¼)Signed; dated 1949 on gallery label versoProvenance: With Taylor Galleries, Dublin, label verso.Exhibited: University of Limerick, 'Familiar Faces

Lot 10: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Night in Fitzwilliam Square (1949)Gouache, 53 x 41cm (20¾ x 16¼)Signed; dated 1949 on gallery label versoProvenance: With Taylor Galleries, Dublin, label verso.Exhibited: University of Limerick, 'Familiar Faces

Auction Date: Oct 23, 2019

Estimate: €4,000 - €6,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Night in Fitzwilliam Square (1949)Gouache, 53 x 41cm (20¾ x 16¼)Signed; dated 1949 on gallery label versoProvenance: With Taylor Galleries, Dublin, label verso.Exhibited: University of Limerick, 'Familiar Faces', 2008....

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) The Black Swan

Lot 53: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) The Black Swan

Auction Date: Oct 21, 2019

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
The Black Swan
oil on canvas
signed lower right and titled verso
h:61  w:76.50 cm.

Provenance:
Dawson Gallery, Dublin (label verso);
Private Collection


Norah McGuinness is a central figure in the history of 20th century Irish art, and a pioneering feminist exemplar. Born in Derry, she moved to Dublin when she won a three-year scholarship to the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. There, Harry Clarke, one of her tutors, recognised her talent and encouraged her to explore illustration, which she did to great acclaim. But studying in London, her enthusiasm for French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism confirmed her commitment to painting. Though her family was prosperous, disapproval of her chosen path meant that she had to be financially self-sufficient from early on.

Illustration and related pursuits - later she was a set designer for the Abbey and the Peacock (she loved theatre), and for many years she designed the window displays for Brown Thomas - remained vital to her livelihood. Though, like several Irish artists, she studied in Paris with André Lhote, she did not become one of "Lhote's daughters," instead making her own style from what she absorbed. That style is strongly graphic and linear, distilling a great deal of information in a compact pictorial statement and based on close observation from nature. She was an immensely social person and a keen traveller, and a founder of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943.
Birds - symbolic of freedom and possibility, perhaps - are frequent subjects. In her lyrical evocation of a 'The Black Swan' on Mulroy Bay, she flattens the perspective and builds her composition from rhythmic curvilinear forms and crisply defined patterns.

Aidan Dunne, September 2019

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Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Morgan O'Driscoll

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Santa Margherita

Lot 100: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Santa Margherita

Auction Date: Oct 21, 2019

Estimate: €1,200 - €1,800

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
Santa Margherita
gouache on paper
titled lower right
h:37  w:25.50 cm.

Provenance:
Dawson Gallery, Dublin;
Taylor Galleries, Dublin (label verso);
Private Collection
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Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Morgan O'Driscoll

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Norah McGuiness (1901-1980)Unicorn Watercolour on paper, 29 x 37cm (11½ x 14½'')With atelier studio stamp

Lot 147: Norah McGuiness (1901-1980)Unicorn Watercolour on paper, 29 x 37cm (11½ x 14½'')With atelier studio stamp

Auction Date: Jun 12, 2019

Estimate: €400 - €600

Description: Norah McGuiness (1901-1980)Unicorn Watercolour on paper, 29 x 37cm (11½ x 14½'')With atelier studio stamp...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) WAITING IN THE PARK

Lot 54: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) WAITING IN THE PARK

Auction Date: May 27, 2019

Estimate: €4,000 - €6,000

Description: signed lower right; with Gordon Gallery label on reverse...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) SEASIDE RESORT

Lot 57: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) SEASIDE RESORT

Auction Date: May 27, 2019

Estimate: €2,000 - €3,000

Description: signed lower right; titled on Dawson Gallery label on reverse...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) THE CONSERVATORY

Lot 51: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) THE CONSERVATORY

Auction Date: May 27, 2019

Estimate: €5,000 - €7,000

Description: signed lower right; with Gordon Gallery label on reverse...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Flight Over Mulroy

Lot 60: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Flight Over Mulroy

Auction Date: Apr 29, 2019

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
Flight Over Mulroy
oil on canvas
signed lower right
h:51  w:76.50 cm.

Provenance:
Dawson Gallery, Dublin (label verso);
Whyte's Dublin 27th April 2004, Lot 18;
James Adam's, Dublin 1st October 2014, Lot 89;
Private Collection

Exhibited:
Irish Women Artists 1870-1970; Summer Loan Show 7th July - 5th September 2014, Adam's, AVA Gallery

Norah McGuinness is a central figure in the history of 20th century Irish art, and a pioneering feminist exemplar. Born in Derry, she moved to Dublin when she won a three-year scholarship to the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. There, Harry Clarke, one of her tutors, recognised her talent and encouraged her to explore illustration, which she did to great acclaim. But studying in London, her enthusiasm for French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism confirmed her commitment to painting. Though her family was prosperous, disapproval of her chosen path meant that she had to be financially self-sufficient from early on.
Illustration and related pursuits - later she was a set designer for the Abbey and the Peacock (she loved theatre), and for many years she designed the window displays for Brown Thomas - remained vital to her livelihood. Though, like several Irish artists, she studied in Paris with André Lhote, she did not become one of "Lhote's daughters," instead making her own style from what she absorbed. That style is strongly graphic and linear, distilling a great deal of information in a compact pictorial statement and based on close observation from nature. She was an immensely social person and a keen traveller, and a founder of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943.
Birds - symbolic of freedom and possibility, perhaps - are frequent subjects. In her lyrical evocation of a gull flying over Mulroy Bay, she flattens the perspective and builds her composition from rhythmic curvilinear forms and crisply defined patterns. While her landscapes outnumber her urban studies, she did paint many Dublin subjects. Her view of Smithfield looking south is tremendously economic in its statement but packed with visual information.

Aidan Dunne, March 2019

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Location: Dublin 4, IE

Auction House: Morgan O'Driscoll

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Smithfield, Dublin

Lot 110: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Smithfield, Dublin

Auction Date: Apr 29, 2019

Estimate: €5,000 - €7,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
Smithfield, Dublin
gouache
signed lower right and dated
h:37.50  w:54.50 cm.

Provenance:
Victor Waddington Gallery, Dublin (framing label verso);
Taylor De Vere's Art Auctions, Dublin (receipt attached);
Private Collection
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Location: Dublin 4, IE

Auction House: Morgan O'Driscoll

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NORAH McGUINESS (1901-1980)

Lot 228: NORAH McGUINESS (1901-1980)

Auction Date: Apr 16, 2019

Estimate: £100 - £150

Description: NORAH McGUINESS (1901-1980) Fishermen's beach  colour lithograph, unframed Sheet: 23 x 32 in. (59.5 x 81.8 cm.)  Literature: R. Artmonsky, Art For Everyone Contemporary Lithographs, Suffolk, 2010, pp. 50-51, illustrated. Artist's Resale Right may apply on this lot....

Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Chiswick Auctions

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)A Stroll in the Park, St. Stephen's Green (1940)Gouache, 35 x 50cm (8¾ x 19¾'')Signed and dated (19)'40

Lot 22: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)A Stroll in the Park, St. Stephen's Green (1940)Gouache, 35 x 50cm (8¾ x 19¾'')Signed and dated (19)'40

Auction Date: Mar 27, 2019

Estimate: €3,000 - €5,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)A Stroll in the Park, St. Stephen's Green (1940)Gouache, 35 x 50cm (8¾ x 19¾'')Signed and dated (19)'40...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Temple Street, Dublin - A View from St. George's ChurchGouache, 38 x 50cm (15 x 19¾'')Signed and dated (19)'39

Lot 80: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Temple Street, Dublin - A View from St. George's ChurchGouache, 38 x 50cm (15 x 19¾'')Signed and dated (19)'39

Auction Date: Mar 27, 2019

Estimate: €6,000 - €10,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Temple Street, Dublin - A View from St. George's ChurchGouache, 38 x 50cm (15 x 19¾'')Signed and dated (19)'39...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)The Customs House, Dublin (1954)Oil on canvas, 68 x 91cm (26¾ x 35¾'')Signed and dated (19)'54This colourful painting of The Customs House in Dublin proclaims the strong influence of the School of Paris on Norah

Lot 21: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)The Customs House, Dublin (1954)Oil on canvas, 68 x 91cm (26¾ x 35¾'')Signed and dated (19)'54This colourful painting of The Customs House in Dublin proclaims the strong influence of the School of Paris on Norah

Auction Date: Mar 27, 2019

Estimate: €25,000 - €35,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)The Customs House, Dublin (1954)Oil on canvas, 68 x 91cm (26¾ x 35¾'')Signed and dated (19)'54This colourful painting of The Customs House in Dublin proclaims the strong influence of the School of Paris on Norah McGuinness. Gandon?s imposing building is presented as almost weightless, its classical architecture depicted sketchily in thick dark lines. In front of it toy-like boats bob on the surface of the Liffey. A small back tug spews out an enormous plume of blue-white smoke while a larger steam boat in the foreground is painted a mixture of glorious oranges and pinks. A woman in a sundress sits on the quay while a man in short blue shirt sleeves walks past. McGuinness makes a feature of the lift belt hanging from an elegant lamp post and surrounded by four metal poles in the right-hand foreground. The latter are reminiscent of the Gondola poles at the Ponte di Rialto in Venice, familiar to tourists everywhere. The golden sunlight seen in the orange tones of the sky and the relaxed summer atmosphere of the scene is equally more Mediterranean than Irish sea. McGuinness represented Ireland at the major international art exhibition, the Venice Biennale, in 1950. Her knowledge of France and Italy must have inspired her imagination in the making of this work. The strong bright colours and the diaphanous forms of the buildings and fixtures of the city recall the work of the French Fauvists, especially Raoul Dufy. McGuinness had studied art in Paris in the early 1930s and was well versed in modern French art. The painting is full of movement and the noises and sounds of the location are conveyed through the emancipated deployment of line across the composition. As Anne Crookshank wrote, McGuinness, ?uses a very free, bold brushwork which suggests rather than describes the objects in her pictures?. Having lived and worked in Paris, London and New York, the artist was a cosmopolitan at heart and chose to represent Dublin as a vibrant European city with grand buildings, motor cars and hedonistic citizens. This is one of several oil paintings of the city centre that McGuinness made in the late 1940s and early 1950s, some of which were included in her 1950 Venice Biennale exhibition. She had made gouache and watercolour paintings of the Thames and its surroundings when she lived in London in the 1930s. A gouache painting of New York Harbour c.1938 was included in her 1968 Retrospective exhibition in Trinity College Dublin in 1968. This also featured several gouaches and watercolours of Dublin city such a The Canal, Leeson Street; The Customs House, 1939, and The Liffey, 1944. From the mid 1940s McGuinness produced oil paintings of Dublin that centred on the Liffey or the canals. Clearly the interaction of the natural elements of water contrasted by the built environment fired her imagination as it had the Impressionists, the Fauvists and many other modernist artists. Later in her career Dublin Bay and its bird-life would become the focus of McGuinness?s urban paintings and the metropolitan atmosphere of this earlier work was replaced by a more abstract engagement with nature. February 2019 Róisín Kennedy...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Garden Landscape with Bridge (1946)Gouache, 42 x 55cm (16½ x 21½'')Signed and dated (19)'46

Lot 23: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Garden Landscape with Bridge (1946)Gouache, 42 x 55cm (16½ x 21½'')Signed and dated (19)'46

Auction Date: Mar 27, 2019

Estimate: €4,000 - €6,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Garden Landscape with Bridge (1946)Gouache, 42 x 55cm (16½ x 21½'')Signed and dated (19)'46...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Crows (1961)Oil on canvas, 46 x 66cm (18 x 26'')Signed and dated (19)'61Painted in 1961 and exhibited at the Dawson Gallery that year, Crows is strongly influenced by McGuinness’s stay in the Algarve the same yea

Lot 29: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Crows (1961)Oil on canvas, 46 x 66cm (18 x 26'')Signed and dated (19)'61Painted in 1961 and exhibited at the Dawson Gallery that year, Crows is strongly influenced by McGuinness’s stay in the Algarve the same yea

Auction Date: Mar 27, 2019

Estimate: €15,000 - €20,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Crows (1961)Oil on canvas, 46 x 66cm (18 x 26'')Signed and dated (19)'61Painted in 1961 and exhibited at the Dawson Gallery that year, Crows is strongly influenced by McGuinness?s stay in the Algarve the same year. She came home early to escape the intense heat. In this consummately controlled work, the elongated husks of thistles and grasses silhouette a scene of haystacks in a sub-baked Irish field. Through a loose application of structural lines, the forms of the stacks and the distant town are lucidly sketched out, in a manner that is ultimately indebted to the artist?s understanding of cubism. McGuinness had studied with the cubist painter André Lhote in Paris in 1929-31 and continued to develop her understanding of the style throughout her career. Geometric patterning of strong blues and orange enhance the intensity of the composition and result in a syncopated surface that transforms the landscape into a modern decorative vision of colour and line. February 2019 Róisín Kennedy...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ANNIE, 1956

Lot 52: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ANNIE, 1956

Auction Date: Mar 04, 2019

Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000

Description: signed and dated lower right...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) STILL LIFE WITH BASKET AND PLANT, 1951

Lot 38: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) STILL LIFE WITH BASKET AND PLANT, 1951

Auction Date: Nov 26, 2018

Estimate: €10,000 - €15,000

Description: signed and dated lower right; inscribed on Pyms Gallery label on reverse...

Location: Dublin, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Summer Landscape with Haystacks

Lot 1: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Summer Landscape with Haystacks

Auction Date: Nov 12, 2018

Estimate: €800 - €1,200

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA(1901-1980)
Summer Landscape with Haystacks
watercolour and ink
stamped with atelier studio stamp - second painting of 'Going to Mass' verso
h:17.75  w:25.75 cm.

Provenance:
James Adam's Dublin 28th March 2007, Lot 105;
Private Collection
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Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Morgan O'Driscoll

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) OLD CHURCHYARD BY THE SEA

Lot 37: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) OLD CHURCHYARD BY THE SEA

Auction Date: Oct 01, 2018

Estimate: €2,000 - €3,000

Description: signed lower right...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) FROZEN LAKE, ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN

Lot 39: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) FROZEN LAKE, ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN

Auction Date: Oct 01, 2018

Estimate: €6,000 - €8,000

Description: with possible exhibition number on reverse [46]...

Location: Ballsbridge, IE

Auction House: Whyte's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)The WeirWatercolour, 35 x 45cm (13¾ x 17¾'')Signed and dated 1944Provenance: The collection of Brian and Anne Friel

Lot 22: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)The WeirWatercolour, 35 x 45cm (13¾ x 17¾'')Signed and dated 1944Provenance: The collection of Brian and Anne Friel

Auction Date: Sep 26, 2018

Estimate: €1,500 - €2,500

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)The WeirWatercolour, 35 x 45cm (13¾ x 17¾'')Signed and dated 1944Provenance: The collection of Brian and Anne Friel...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Sunflowers, Algarve CoastOil on board, 56 x 71cm (22 x 28'')SignedIn the summer of 1961 Norah McGuinness stayed in the Algarve where she produced several paintings. Six of these were included in her successful so

Lot 55: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Sunflowers, Algarve CoastOil on board, 56 x 71cm (22 x 28'')SignedIn the summer of 1961 Norah McGuinness stayed in the Algarve where she produced several paintings. Six of these were included in her successful so

Auction Date: Sep 26, 2018

Estimate: €20,000 - €30,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Sunflowers, Algarve CoastOil on board, 56 x 71cm (22 x 28'')SignedIn the summer of 1961 Norah McGuinness stayed in the Algarve where she produced several paintings. Six of these were included in her successful solo exhibition staged at the Dawson Gallery that autumn. This work is similar to other Portuguese landscapes, such as In the Algarve (1961, Private Collection), and dates to this time. According to a contemporary account, the artist found the soaring temperatures in Portugal so extreme that she cut short her stay to return to the cool of her studio in the Dublin Mountains. (1)This colourful work takes in a panoramic view of the Portuguese coastline dominated by a castellated hilltop town with whitewashed walls in the distance. To its left the Sierra is made of strange conical mountains. In the foreground a peasant woman, wearing traditional black and a large hat, carries a basket. The figure emphasises the timeworn nature of everyday life in Portugal, confirming a touristic idea of the country as remote and untouched by modernity. By contrast, below on the yellow sands of a cliff lined beach, the tiny figures of sun-bathers and holidaymakers are visible. The dried out form of a large sunflower dominates the left-hand foreground. The motif, which McGuinness also uses in In the Algarve, denotes the overwhelming power of the sun, as does the burnt orange of the scorched terrain in which it grows. McGuinness?s combination of strong oranges and yellows and the deep blues of the sea and sky impart a sense of the exotic beauty of the Algarve. As in her views of Ireland, the artist applies a cubist inspired lens to the composition. The paint is applied in small rectangular patches and subtle repetition of geometric forms articulates the landscape. Róisín Kennedy, August 20181) ?Irishwoman?s Diary?, Irish Times, 10 November 1961, p.10....

Location: Dublin 2, IE

Auction House: Adam's

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Evening FlightOil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'')SignedProvenance: The collection of Brian and Anne Friel; The Keys Gallery, Derry.Exhibited: ‘Norah McGuinness Exhibition’ The Keys Gallery, Derry, April/May 1

Lot 19: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Evening FlightOil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'')SignedProvenance: The collection of Brian and Anne Friel; The Keys Gallery, Derry.Exhibited: ‘Norah McGuinness Exhibition’ The Keys Gallery, Derry, April/May 1

Auction Date: Sep 26, 2018

Estimate: €15,000 - €25,000

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)Evening FlightOil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'')SignedProvenance: The collection of Brian and Anne Friel; The Keys Gallery, Derry.Exhibited: ?Norah McGuinness Exhibition? The Keys Gallery, Derry, April/May 1979 Cat. No. 2 (Illustrated).Norah McGuinness was born in Derry and kept a close connection with the northwest throughout her life. Despite living in Dublin, London, Paris and New York at various stages in her career, her northern origins were always a major part of her identity. For several years, she had a studio at Rathmullan on the banks of Lough Swilly, where she painted many landscapes of north Donegal. In 1976, towards the end of her life, the Keys Gallery in Derry held an exhibition of her work. Brian and Anne Friel share her association with Donegal and Derry and it is natural that work by her features in their collection.In the foreground of Evening Flight, curlews, with their long beaks and mottled plumage, peck at the piles of seaweed, left behind by the outgoing tide. A large white gull swoops across the picture plane, adding a sense of movement and drama to the scene. (This device of the gliding bird is also seen in McGuinness?s painting, Seaweed Shapes, (1965, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork).) The distinctive chimneys of the Pigeon House and the outline of cranes and the industrial structures of Dublin port are discernible in the background and on the horizon in the painting.In her later years, in the 1960s and 1970s, McGuinness did several paintings of the coastline of Dublin in which she contrasted the vibrant sea-bird life with the more solemn urban aspects of the location. In these works she continued to refine her deployment of cubism, which she had learnt in the studio of André Lhote in Paris in the 1920s. Traces of it can be seen in this work in the schematised form of the seagull and in the geometricized treatment of the buildings. She was particularly fond of Sandymount strand from which both residential and industrial edifices were visible and which would seem to be the inspiration for this work. Subtle and unpredictable colour combinations of blues and pinks unite the diverse elements of the painting. McGuinness produces a refreshingly modern image of Dublin Bay, in which the forms are elegantly orchestrated to create a dynamic and harmonious painting. Much more than a topographical landscape, however, the work is a decorative and skilful arrangement of colour and form. Róisín Kennedy, August 2018...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)DahliasWatercolour on paper, 26 x 32cmSigned

Lot 39: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)DahliasWatercolour on paper, 26 x 32cmSigned

Auction Date: Sep 26, 2018

Estimate: €800 - €1,200

Description: Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)DahliasWatercolour on paper, 26 x 32cmSigned...

Location: Dublin 2, IE

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