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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935) Landscape with Children Oil on canvas, 38 x 44cm (15 x 17¼) Signed lower right Provenance: With The Bell Gallery, Belfast, 1970 Exhibited: Armagh County Museum AE: Painting and Manuscripts, January 1984
          Mar. 27, 2024

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Landscape with Children Oil on canvas, 38 x 44cm (15 x 17¼) Signed lower right Provenance: With The Bell Gallery, Belfast, 1970 Exhibited: Armagh County Museum AE: Painting and Manuscripts, January 1984

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Landscape with Children Oil on canvas, 38 x 44cm (15 x 17¼) Signed lower right Provenance: With The Bell Gallery, Belfast, 1970 Exhibited: Armagh County Museum AE: Painting and Manuscripts, January 1984

          Adam's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) WOMAN ON MARBLE HILL STRAND, COUNTY DONEGAL
          Dec. 04, 2023

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) WOMAN ON MARBLE HILL STRAND, COUNTY DONEGAL

          Est: €6,000 - €8,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) WOMAN ON MARBLE HILL STRAND, COUNTY DONEGAL oil on canvas signed with monogram lower right h:16  w:21 in.

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE BATHERS
          May. 29, 2023

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE BATHERS

          Est: €10,000 - €15,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE BATHERS oil on canvas signed with monogram lower right h:16  w:21 in. Provenance: Whyte's, 26 November 2007, lot 88; Private collection

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) FIGURES BY THE SHORE
          May. 29, 2023

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) FIGURES BY THE SHORE

          Est: €5,000 - €7,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) FIGURES BY THE SHORE oil on canvas signed with monogram lower left h:14  w:18 in.

          Whyte's
        • George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Two Girls Before A Ringfort (c.1920)
          Apr. 18, 2023

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Two Girls Before A Ringfort (c.1920)

          Est: €4,000 - €6,000

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Two Girls Before A Ringfort (c.1920) oil on canvas h:40.50  w:53.50 cm. Provenance: Whyte's, Dublin, 28th April 2008 lot 117; Whyte's, Dublin, 28th November 2011 lot 102; Private Collection Although George Russell painted conventional portraits and landscapes, he is far better known for his visionary scenes; paintings that depict a world in which faeries and sprites, no less than human beings, are absolutely present. Sometimes, as in Two Girls Below a Ringfort, it is difficult to determine is he setting out to depict an actual scene, or an inner vision. The faces of the two girls are featureless; they might well be spirit figures. Above them, the stone walls of the ringfort, more correctly 'cahir', are surmounted by wooden posts. One of thousands dotted across the Irish landscape, the circular fort dates back to the Iron Age. Russell has depicted it on a bluff, overlooking a beach and shallow inlet, across which the girls pick their way. As with many of his paintings, it is a tranquil, evening scene. The sky is misty, suffused with sunshine, and tinged with purple. In the distance can be seen a range of hills, surrounding the bay. In the foreground, stepping through shallow waters, the two girls appear lost in thought as the day draws to a close. Painted probably around 1920, Two Girls Below a Ringfort evokes a world of childhood, set within an ancient landscape. Judging by the topography, the location is likely to be county Mayo, perhaps Blacksod Bay; This was the setting for Carlo Point Edge, another painting by Russell. Russell and Frank O'Connor (Michael O'Donovan) met in 1925, with Russell becoming friend and mentor to the young author. He gifted Two Girls Below a Ringfort to O'Connor, perhaps in recognition of the author's campaign to preserve ancient Irish monuments. Russell even painted a portrait of Frank O'Connor's mother in old age, but she disliked it, saying that it made her 'look like a poisoner'. In creating his own style of painting, Russell, also known as "AE", borrowed from both the Symbolist and Impressionist movements, and in terms of atmosphere and colour his paintings are reminiscent of the canvases of Gustave Moreau. However, he was also a political and social activist who was down to earth in his thinking. Largely as a result of his work with the agricultural co-operative movement, and his editorship of the newspaper The Irish Homestead, Russell's landscapes, often of Sligo, Donegal or Mayo, are informed by an understanding of life in the West of Ireland. His country people, young and old, are lost in thought, and often seem tinged with sadness. while his spirit figures are equally enveloped in a nostalgic haze, as they pine for a lost world. Peter Murray, March 2023 Peter Murray, March 2023

          Morgan O'Driscoll
        • George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Figures in a Mountain Landscape Oil on canvas, 45 x 65cm (17¾ x 25½ )
          Dec. 07, 2022

          George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Figures in a Mountain Landscape Oil on canvas, 45 x 65cm (17¾ x 25½ )

          Est: €6,000 - €8,000

          George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Figures in a Mountain Landscape Oil on canvas, 45 x 65cm (17¾ x 25½ )

          Adam's
        • George Russell AE (1867 - 1935) Children Playing in a Woodland Glade Oil on canvas, 53.5 x 81.5cm (21 x 32) Signed Provenance: Collection of the Late President Erskine Childers, thence by descent
          Dec. 07, 2022

          George Russell AE (1867 - 1935) Children Playing in a Woodland Glade Oil on canvas, 53.5 x 81.5cm (21 x 32) Signed Provenance: Collection of the Late President Erskine Childers, thence by descent

          Est: €10,000 - €15,000

          George Russell AE (1867 - 1935) Children Playing in a Woodland Glade Oil on canvas, 53.5 x 81.5cm (21 x 32) Signed Provenance: Collection of the Late President Erskine Childers, thence by descent

          Adam's
        • A.E. (George Russell) Selected Poems, 8vo, L. 1935, First Edn., portrait title page, blind decor
          Dec. 06, 2022

          A.E. (George Russell) Selected Poems, 8vo, L. 1935, First Edn., portrait title page, blind decor

          Est: €80 - €120

          A.E. (George Russell) Selected Poems, 8vo, L. 1935, First Edn., portrait title page, blind decor blue cloth; O'Grady (S.) The Triumph of Cuchulainn, 8vo D. (Talbot) n.d., illus. frontis, gilt lettered Celtic design cloth; Robinson (L.) Lady Gregory's Journal's 1916-1930, 8vo D. 1946, First Edn., cloth and d.j.; Coxhead (E.) Lady Gregory A Literary Portrait, 8vo, L. 1961, photo frontis, cloth; Morgan (C.) Epitaph on George Moore, 8vo, L. 1935, frontis, cloth backed marble boards, as a lot, w.a.f. (5)

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        • George Russel 'AE' (1867 - 1935) Coastal Landscape with Two Figures on a Headland Oil on canvas, 41 x 53cm (16 x 21) Signed with monogram
          Sep. 28, 2022

          George Russel 'AE' (1867 - 1935) Coastal Landscape with Two Figures on a Headland Oil on canvas, 41 x 53cm (16 x 21) Signed with monogram

          Est: €5,000 - €8,000

          George Russel 'AE' (1867 - 1935) Coastal Landscape with Two Figures on a Headland Oil on canvas, 41 x 53cm (16 x 21) Signed with monogram

          Adam's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE TENNIS PLAYERS
          Jun. 06, 2022

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE TENNIS PLAYERS

          Est: €10,000 - €15,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE TENNIS PLAYERS oil on canvas signed in monogram lower left; inscribed on label on reverse h:21  w:32 in.

          Whyte's
        • George Russell AE (1867 - 1935) Figure in Woodland Oil on canvas, 81.4 x 53.5cm (32 x 21) Provenance: Gifted by the artists to Mr Robert Fearon; Private Collection, Co. Dublin
          Jun. 01, 2022

          George Russell AE (1867 - 1935) Figure in Woodland Oil on canvas, 81.4 x 53.5cm (32 x 21) Provenance: Gifted by the artists to Mr Robert Fearon; Private Collection, Co. Dublin

          Est: €10,000 - €15,000

          George Russell AE (1867 - 1935) Figure in Woodland Oil on canvas, 81.4 x 53.5cm (32 x 21) Provenance: Gifted by the artists to Mr Robert Fearon; Private Collection, Co. Dublin

          Adam's
        • George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Two Girls on a Beach
          Apr. 26, 2022

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Two Girls on a Beach

          Est: €8,000 - €12,000

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Two Girls on a Beach oil on canvas signed with monogram 'AE' lower left h:53.30  w:80.60 cm. Provenance: Private Collection A light-filled Impressionist scene of a beach, this canvas both reflects George Russell's love of the West of Ireland and also encapsulates his world of the imagination. In the shadow of a sand dune, two girls shelter from the sun. One sits forward, while the other reclines, hands clasped around her knees. Although lost in a reverie, both girls gaze attentively out across a blue expanse of sea. In the distance, seen through a haze, mountains rise over a wide bay. Like many of Russell's paintings, this is a scene full of a sense of magic and enchantment. The seascape behind the girls could be real, or equally could be a dream. The sky is a delicate pale blue, as is the sea, while tints of blue animate shadows cast by the dune. There are no harsh contrasts of light and shade, and the entire canvas is characterised by careful harmonies of colour and subject-matter. Although practical, and in touch with politics and changes in society, Russell also believed in the existence of an alternative universe inhabited by ethereal beings. Influenced by Symbolist artists such as Gustave Moreau and Puvis de Chavannes, he studied Theosophy and esoteric religions, giving expression to this late-Romantic vision through a prolific output of paintings, novels, plays and poetry. In this painting, Russell evokes a world of wistful nostalgia, enveloping his figures in a Romantic haze. Often set in Mayo, Sligo and Donegal, his landscapes with figures are invariably tinged with this sense of nostalgia for times past. Born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, as a child Russell moved to Dublin with his family. After studying at the Metropolitan School of Art, in 1887 he began working for the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, and edited the IAOS newspaper, the Irish Homestead. Alongside these practical concerns, Russell found time to study esoteric religions, joining the Dublin Theosophical Society in 1888, and later forming the 'Hermetic Society'. He was also involved with drama, in 1902 becoming vice-president of the Irish National Theatre Society (later the Abbey Theatre Company). His plays include Deirdre, (1902), while his first book of poetry, Homeward: Songs by the Way, published in 1894, was followed by his 1913 Collected Poems. In addition to painting, plays and poetry, Russell wrote on agricultural policy and political theory, in The Building up of a Rural Civilisation (1910), and The National Being (1916). He was highly regarded as an artist, and, in 1913, with the support and encouragement of the lawyer John Quinn, his paintings were shown at the Armory Show in New York. Encouraged also by William Butler Yeats, Russell painted murals depicting his mystical visions, at 3 Upper Ely Place, headquarters of the Theosophical Society. He also painted portraits, of Yeats, Lady Gregory, and others. Peter Murray, March 2022

          Morgan O'Driscoll
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LANDSCAPE NORTH OF MUCKISH, COUNTY DONEGAL
          Mar. 07, 2022

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LANDSCAPE NORTH OF MUCKISH, COUNTY DONEGAL

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LANDSCAPE NORTH OF MUCKISH, COUNTY DONEGAL oil on canvas signed with monogram on reverse h:16  w:21 in. Provenance: Collection of Lady Augusta Gregory, Coole Park; Private collection

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) TWO FIGURES ON SHORE
          Mar. 07, 2022

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) TWO FIGURES ON SHORE

          Est: €6,000 - €8,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) TWO FIGURES ON SHORE oil on canvas signed with monogram lower left h:16  w:21 in. Provenance: Collection of Lady Augusta Gregory, Coole Park; Private collection

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) SWANS AT COOLE
          Mar. 07, 2022

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) SWANS AT COOLE

          Est: €6,000 - €8,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) SWANS AT COOLE oil on canvas signed with monogram lower right h:21  w:32 in. Provenance: Collection of William Butler Yeats; Thence to Anne Yeats; From whom purchased by the present owner Literature: Reproduced on the jacket of Irish Writers and their Creative Process, edited by Jacqueline Genet and Wynne Hellegouarc'h, Colin Smythe Ltd, 1996

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) CELESTIAL FIGURE
          Mar. 07, 2022

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) CELESTIAL FIGURE

          Est: €800 - €1,200

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) CELESTIAL FIGURE pastel h:10  w:7 in. Provenance: Collection of Constance Sitwell; Private collection

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) SEATED SPIRIT
          Mar. 07, 2022

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) SEATED SPIRIT

          Est: €800 - €1,200

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) SEATED SPIRIT crayon signed with monogram lower right h:11.25  w:8.50 in. Provenance: Collection of Constance Sitwell; Private collection Literature: Reproduced on the cover of the paperback edition of The Middle Kingdom, The Faerie World of Ireland by Dermot MacManus, Colin Smythe Ltd, 1973

          Whyte's
        • George Russell AE (1867-1935) Portrait of Osborn Bergin, Celtic Scholar Pastel, 29.5 x 22.5cm (11½ x 8¾) Signed with initials AE Provenance: Sale, these rooms, c.1974; Collection of Antoinette & Patrick J. Murphy
          Sep. 29, 2021

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Portrait of Osborn Bergin, Celtic Scholar Pastel, 29.5 x 22.5cm (11½ x 8¾) Signed with initials AE Provenance: Sale, these rooms, c.1974; Collection of Antoinette & Patrick J. Murphy

          Est: €400 - €600

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Portrait of Osborn Bergin, Celtic Scholar Pastel, 29.5 x 22.5cm (11½ x 8¾) Signed with initials AE Provenance: Sale, these rooms, c.1974; Collection of Antoinette & Patrick J. Murphy

          Adam's
        • George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Gathering Firewood Oil on canvas, 53 x 80cm (20¾ x 31½) Signed with monogram Born in Co. Armagh, George Russell moved to Dublin when he was eleven. His interest in painting led him to undertake evening classe
          Sep. 29, 2021

          George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Gathering Firewood Oil on canvas, 53 x 80cm (20¾ x 31½) Signed with monogram Born in Co. Armagh, George Russell moved to Dublin when he was eleven. His interest in painting led him to undertake evening classe

          Est: €15,000 - €20,000

          George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Gathering Firewood Oil on canvas, 53 x 80cm (20¾ x 31½) Signed with monogram Born in Co. Armagh, George Russell moved to Dublin when he was eleven. His interest in painting led him to undertake evening classes at the Metropolitan School of Art and it was here that he met and befriended William Butler Yeats. Yeats encouraged Russell in his more creative pursuits and introduced him to Theosophy, a religious study that places emphasis on the natural world and mystical experience. Russell immersed himself in these teachings and he began to write for journals such as the ‘Irish Theosophist’. It was in these articles that his pseudonym, AE, first appeared, a shortened version of Aeon and a nod towards an eternal being. His beliefs also carried through into his artwork. In some pieces, Russell blatantly made reference to supernatural occurrences, depicting imp-like figures in fairy-tale worlds. Others, such as the current lot, are more subtle in their approach, caressing everyday scenes with an arcadian cloak. Here, the birch wood is transformed into a leafy idyll. The dappled sunshine spots the ground below whilst the foliage glitters in the descending rays. Three figures move through the trees, engaged in collecting firewood. By blurring their faces, Russell creates a sense of mystery around their identity, elevating them slightly from the human realm and allowing them to pass seamlessly through this magical vista. Russell’s impressionistic approach further dulls our sense of reality, the soft textures mimicking the fuzzy warmth of dreams. It was Russell’s desire to nurture an Irish school of art, a rival to those emerging on the European continent, but, in 1928, Russell left Dublin and embarked on a series of US lecture tours. He prioritised his literary works over his painting and never quite reached the acclaim that he deserved during his lifetime. Russell died in 1935 as a poet, critic, philosopher and some-time painter, but his contribution to Irish art cannot be overlooked. Through his images, we are invited to experience an ideology that was bubbling underneath Irish society at the turn of the 20th century. Theosophy touched several well-known names at the time but it is through George Russell that we truly understand the effect that it took on their creative processes. Helena Carlyle, September 2021

          Adam's
        • William George Russell (1867 - 1935)
          Aug. 18, 2021

          William George Russell (1867 - 1935)

          Est: $50 - $100

          William George Russell, American (1867 - 1935) Watercolor on Paper "Venetian Scene" Signed Lower Left. Sight measures 11-5/8" x 6-3/4", frame measures 19-1/2" x 14-1/2'. Condition: Good condition. Estimate: $50.00 - $100.00 Domestic Shipping: $115.00

          Kodner Galleries
        • George Russell Æ (1867-1935) - Children Playing on a Beach
          Jun. 02, 2021

          George Russell Æ (1867-1935) - Children Playing on a Beach

          Est: €6,000 - €10,000

          George Russell Æ (1867-1935) Children Playing on a Beach Oil on canvas, 32 x 48cm (12.5 x 19) Starting Bid: € 4200

          Adam's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE OYSTER PICKERS
          May. 31, 2021

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE OYSTER PICKERS

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE OYSTER PICKERS oil on canvas signed in monogram lower left; with Winsor & Newton [London] stamp on reverse h:17  w:41 in. Provenance: Acquired from the artist by author Richmond Samuel Howe Noble of Lisnatore, St Helen's Bay, Belfast; Thence by family descent Richmond Samuel Howe Noble of Lisnatore, St Helen's Bay, Belfast was a celebrated author of books on Shakespeare, in particular his use of song and his use of the Bible within his works. He purchased several paintings from the artist who moved in the same literary and artistic circles which included the likes of Percy Wyndham Lewis, Gerard Leslie Brockhurst and Oliver St. John Gogarty among others.

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) MOONLIGHT SCENE WITH TWO FIGURES ON A SHORE
          May. 31, 2021

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) MOONLIGHT SCENE WITH TWO FIGURES ON A SHORE

          Est: €2,500 - €3,500

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) MOONLIGHT SCENE WITH TWO FIGURES ON A SHORE oil on canvas signed in monogram lower left h:15.75  w:20 in.

          Whyte's
        • George Russell 'AE' (1867-1935) Voices of the Stones, London, 1925, signed inscribed and dated 12.4.28, blue cloth boards with wrappers; together with The National Being, London, 1916, blue cloth with gilt, two books, signed
          Dec. 09, 2020

          George Russell 'AE' (1867-1935) Voices of the Stones, London, 1925, signed inscribed and dated 12.4.28, blue cloth boards with wrappers; together with The National Being, London, 1916, blue cloth with gilt, two books, signed

          Est: €150 - €250

          George Russell 'AE' (1867-1935) Voices of the Stones, London, 1925, signed inscribed and dated 12.4.28, blue cloth boards with wrappers; together with The National Being, London, 1916, blue cloth with gilt, two books, signed

          Adam's
        • George Russell AE (1867-1935) Figures by a Moonlit Lake Oil on board, 30 x 46cm (11¾ x 18'') Signed; inscribed on the back To Dr Maguire with sincere regards from Mr&Mrs Geo W. Russell
          Dec. 09, 2020

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Figures by a Moonlit Lake Oil on board, 30 x 46cm (11¾ x 18'') Signed; inscribed on the back To Dr Maguire with sincere regards from Mr&Mrs Geo W. Russell

          Est: €5,000 - €8,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Figures by a Moonlit Lake Oil on board, 30 x 46cm (11¾ x 18'') Signed; inscribed on the back To Dr Maguire with sincere regards from Mr&Mrs Geo W. Russell

          Adam's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE OYSTER PICKERS
          Dec. 07, 2020

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE OYSTER PICKERS

          Est: €6,000 - €8,000

          signed in monogram lower left; with Winsor & Newton [London] stamp on reverse

          Whyte's
        • George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) The Bathers
          Oct. 27, 2020

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) The Bathers

          Est: €4,000 - €6,000

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) The Bathers oil on canvas h:41  w:53.50 cm. Provenance: Purchased from the artist by Sir Philip Hanson and his wife Lady Constance Geraldine Tyrrell; By Descent; Private Collection

          Morgan O'Driscoll
        • George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Children in the Woods
          Oct. 27, 2020

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Children in the Woods

          Est: €6,000 - €8,000

          George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) Children in the Woods oil on canvas signed with monogram lower right h:41  w:53.50 cm. Provenance: De Veres, Dublin, 16th June 2015 Lot 12; Private Collection In sun-dappled woodland, three figures gather fallen branches of trees, to make a fire. Wearing an orange dress, the girl on the left leans backwards as she pulls a large branch from the undergrowth. She is helped by another child, while an older woman, in a long blue dress, holds a bunch of kindling in her arms. The figures are not depicted in detail; their faces are light dabs of paint, as are limbs and clothing, and yet the artist nevertheless manages to convey a sense of companionship and elegiac enjoyment of a summer's day. The three figures stand in deep shade in the woods; behind them is a glade, brightly illuminated by sunshine. Above, the dense foliage of the trees is depicted in dabs of yellow, green and ivory, against a dark background. To the right of the figures, the trunk of a large tree is partially lit by sunshine. In creating his own style of painting, George Russell, also known as "AE", borrowed from both the Symbolist and Impressionist movements. While his application of oil paint in small brush strokes, creates a visual sensation akin to that of Monet's Impressionist canvases, in terms of atmosphere and colour his paintings are more redolent of Symbolist painters such as Gustave Moreau. As with Moreau, Russell strove to evoke an autumnal world, using ochres and amber tints, enlivened with flashes of bright colour. The theme, gathering firewood, also hints at the passing of summer. Peter Murray, October 2020

          Morgan O'Driscoll
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE VIEW FROM THE ROCKS
          Oct. 19, 2020

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE VIEW FROM THE ROCKS

          Est: €5,000 - €7,000

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THE VIEW FROM THE ROCKS

          Whyte's
        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)Extensive Landscape with Ethereal FigureOil on board, 30 x 46cm (11¾ x 18'')Bearing initials
          Sep. 02, 2020

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Extensive Landscape with Ethereal FigureOil on board, 30 x 46cm (11¾ x 18'')Bearing initials

          Est: €2,500 - €3,500

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Extensive Landscape with Ethereal FigureOil on board, 30 x 46cm (11¾ x 18'')Bearing initials

          Adam's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) WOMAN AND CHILD ON A SEASHORE
          Dec. 02, 2019

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) WOMAN AND CHILD ON A SEASHORE

          Est: €5,000 - €7,000

          signed with monogram lower right

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) PORTRAIT OF IRENE HAUGH
          Dec. 02, 2019

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) PORTRAIT OF IRENE HAUGH

          Est: €600 - €800

          signed lower right; inscribed [Miss Irene Haugh, Secretary to George (AE) Russell, sketch by him, see ....] and with reproduction to the cover of The Valley of the Bells by Irene Haugh on reverse

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LETTER TO JULY 5, 1935
          Nov. 25, 2019

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LETTER TO JULY 5, 1935

          Est: €160 - €300

          signed

          Whyte's
        • George Russell AE (1867-1935) Walking the Strand Oil on board, 28 x 45cm (11 x 17¾'')
          Sep. 25, 2019

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Walking the Strand Oil on board, 28 x 45cm (11 x 17¾'')

          Est: €2,500 - €3,500

          George Russell AE (1867-1935) Walking the Strand Oil on board, 28 x 45cm (11 x 17¾'')

          Adam's
        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)Seaweed GatherersOil on canvas, 39.5 x 52cm (15½ x 20½'')George W. Russell was born in County Armagh in 1867 and moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 11. In 1884 Russell began attending Dublin’s Metropolitan
          Sep. 25, 2019

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Seaweed GatherersOil on canvas, 39.5 x 52cm (15½ x 20½'')George W. Russell was born in County Armagh in 1867 and moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 11. In 1884 Russell began attending Dublin’s Metropolitan

          Est: €7,000 - €10,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Seaweed GatherersOil on canvas, 39.5 x 52cm (15½ x 20½'')George W. Russell was born in County Armagh in 1867 and moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 11. In 1884 Russell began attending Dublin’s Metropolitan School of Art where he met W.B.Yeats, who became a close companion and later rival. That same year Russell experienced the first of many vivid waking visions, which would remain an important source of knowledge and insight throughout his life. His mystical leanings led to an affiliation with the Dublin Lodge of the Theosophical Society. Comprised of a mélange of ideas involving reincarnation, past lives, astral planes, higher consciousness and spiritual evolution, Theosophical doctrine appealed to legions of people in the late 19th century. Russell’s interest in Theosophy is reflected in his first book of collected poems, ‘Homeward: Songs by the way’ which was published in 1894 confirmed his central role as a figure of the Irish Literary Renaissance. It was an error in the printing of this book that resulted in Russell becoming known as ‘AE’. Russell originally intended to have printed the word AEON, the name of an eternal entity in the Pantheon of Gnosticism but by a printer’s error this was altered to AE, the pseudonym which he adopted and became known by. Though ostensibly some of his artworks may seem somewhat whimsical they gain a complexity when viewed in relation to the multifarious - seemingly contradictory- facets of Russell’s character. AE’s tendency toward mysticism and spiritual contemplation was balanced with a politically active and deeply practical side. His work as a painter and writer was carried out in tandem with his career as a devoted political and economic thinker. In 1905 AE became the editor of the Irish Homestead, the main publication of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, which was established in 1894 to advocate agricultural cooperativism. Evidently, this role necessitated considerable practical and logistical acumen. AE spent summers in the west and northwest of Ireland and Donegal came to be a destination that he particularly favoured and where this work was most likely painted. The pair depicted in this painting appear to be gathering seaweed, most likely carrageen moss. In coastal regions of Ireland seaweed such as this was used as food for farm animals and to enrich barren, stoney soils for agricultural purposes. As this painting demonstrates, AE frequently focused upon individuals in various forms of collaborative activity. Notable examples of similar paintings include The Woodcutters (1908) and The Stone Carriers (1909) which are held in the collection of Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane. Pádraic E. Moore. August, 2019

          Adam's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THREE WOMEN ON A SEASHORE
          Sep. 16, 2019

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) THREE WOMEN ON A SEASHORE

          Est: €8,000 - €12,000

          signed with monogram lower left

          Whyte's
        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) CHILDREN PLAYING IN WOODLAND GLADE
          May. 27, 2019

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) CHILDREN PLAYING IN WOODLAND GLADE

          Est: €10,000 - €15,000

          signed in monogram lower right

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        • George Russell, AE (1867- 1935)The Kelp GatherersOil on canvas, 40 x 52cm (15 x 20)Signed lower left
          Mar. 27, 2019

          George Russell, AE (1867- 1935)The Kelp GatherersOil on canvas, 40 x 52cm (15 x 20)Signed lower left

          Est: €4,000 - €6,000

          George Russell, AE (1867- 1935)The Kelp GatherersOil on canvas, 40 x 52cm (15 x 20)Signed lower left

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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)Children on the Beach, Donegal BayOil on canvas, 53 x 81cm (21 x 32'')Signed with monogram and dated 1919In 1904, having attended an exhibition in Dublin in which the paintings of AE were displayed alongside those of
          Mar. 27, 2019

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Children on the Beach, Donegal BayOil on canvas, 53 x 81cm (21 x 32'')Signed with monogram and dated 1919In 1904, having attended an exhibition in Dublin in which the paintings of AE were displayed alongside those of

          Est: €7,000 - €10,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Children on the Beach, Donegal BayOil on canvas, 53 x 81cm (21 x 32'')Signed with monogram and dated 1919In 1904, having attended an exhibition in Dublin in which the paintings of AE were displayed alongside those of Constance Gore-Booth and Casimir Dunin-Markievicz, Joseph Holloway reflected upon the works of AE. The entry from the diary of architect and raconteur reads; “If ever the Celtic spirit of dreaminess and longing for something that is neither of land nor sea was translated onto canvas, here that longing and dreaminess surely was”. This atmospheric painting dated 1919 and signed with AE’s distinctive monogram, seems the perfect counterpart to that earlier reflection. AE spent summers in the west and northwest of Ireland and Donegal came to be the destination that he particularly favoured. Children on the beach, Donegal Bay was painted in what was a particularly frenetic period for the artist. AE’s best-known book The Candle of Vision had recently been published and he would have been busy in his role as editor for the Irish Homestead. Importantly, this work was also painted the year that the Irish War of Independence began. While deeply invested in the campaign for independence, AE was ultimately a pacifist and sought to further the cause in his role as an artist and thinker. AE took refuge not only in the process of painting but also the worlds that he invented therein. There is a serenity to this twilight scene that exemplifies Russell’s predilection for mauve, rose and amethyst, all of which are hues that feature frequently in his poetry. Pádraic E. Moore, February 2019

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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)In Some Ancestral ParadiseOil on canvas, 54 x 82cm (21¼ x 32¼'')Monogrammed; inscribed versoGeorge W. Russell was born in County Armagh in 1867 and moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 11. Russell became a s
          Mar. 27, 2019

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)In Some Ancestral ParadiseOil on canvas, 54 x 82cm (21¼ x 32¼'')Monogrammed; inscribed versoGeorge W. Russell was born in County Armagh in 1867 and moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 11. Russell became a s

          Est: €12,000 - €18,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)In Some Ancestral ParadiseOil on canvas, 54 x 82cm (21¼ x 32¼'')Monogrammed; inscribed versoGeorge W. Russell was born in County Armagh in 1867 and moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 11. Russell became a student at the Metropolitan School of Art in the 1880s and went on to receive further training at the RHA. It was as an art student that Russell first encountered William Butler Yeats, who later recalled how Russell was perpetually bored in life drawing class, far preferring to devote time to painting imaginary compositions gleaned from imaginary worlds. Both Yeats and Russell shared many esoteric interests and maintained a lifelong and occasionally tempestuous friendship. It was also in these years as an art student that Russell began experiencing vivid apparitions. These mystic visions are comparable to those of William Blake and were similarly a vital impetus to Russell’s work as a painter and poet. A compulsion to understand these visionary occurrences aroused Russell’s interest in the occult and eventually led him to the Dublin Lodge of the Theosophical Society. Theosophy is an esoteric philosophy that prompts its followers to seek direct knowledge from the mysteries of life and nature. Russell rapidly became a central figure in the movement and many of his earliest writings were published in journals such as the Irish Theosophist. It was in these journals that Russell first used the pseudonym AEON later shorted to AE. An extremely prolific painter, AE’s work may be found in public collections throughout Ireland, with particularly notable examples in Trinity College Dublin and Armagh County Museum. While his visionary paintings are comparable to those of Symbolist Gustave Moreau, his landscapes -such as In Some Ancestral Paradise- show the influence of Impressionism, particularly in the use of short and thick strokes of paint to suggest dappled sunlight. AE was an avid supporter of Hugh Lane’s efforts to establish a gallery of Modern Art in the city of Dublin and would have had opportunities to view Impressionist paintings such as those by Claude Monet via this affiliation with Lane. AE’s oeuvre is comprised primarily of landscapes, portraits and of course fantastical or visionary subjects. However, this painting attests, landscapes and visionary scenes often coalesce; and one is never quite certain if the subject depicted is of this physical world or some supernatural realm. AE was fascinated by folklore and believed that the sídhe populated many of the more untouched parts of rural Ireland which he visited frequently in his role as a spokesman for The Irish Agricultural Organisation Society.Pádraic E. Moore, February 2019

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        • George William Russell (AE) (Irish, 1867-1935) The Three Graces with doves signed lower right with monogram "AE"
          Feb. 07, 2019

          George William Russell (AE) (Irish, 1867-1935) The Three Graces with doves signed lower right with monogram "AE"

          Est: £200 - £400

          George William Russell (AE) (Irish, 1867-1935) The Three Graces with doves signed lower right with monogram "AE" pastel h:23 w:32 cm Provenance: Hazel, Lady Lavery, to her daughter, and by descent

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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)Figure in a LandscapeOil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'')
          Dec. 05, 2018

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Figure in a LandscapeOil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'')

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Figure in a LandscapeOil on canvas, 51 x 76cm (20 x 30'')

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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)Figures in the DunesOil on canvas, 53 x 80cm (20¾ x 31½'')Signed 'AE'George Russell grew up in Lurgan, Co. Amargh but moved to Dublin at the age of 11. He is known not only for his paintings but as a writer, poet, cr
          Dec. 05, 2018

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Figures in the DunesOil on canvas, 53 x 80cm (20¾ x 31½'')Signed 'AE'George Russell grew up in Lurgan, Co. Amargh but moved to Dublin at the age of 11. He is known not only for his paintings but as a writer, poet, cr

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Figures in the DunesOil on canvas, 53 x 80cm (20¾ x 31½'')Signed 'AE'George Russell grew up in Lurgan, Co. Amargh but moved to Dublin at the age of 11. He is known not only for his paintings but as a writer, poet, critic, theosophist and economist, and by his pseudonym ‘AE’ (a derivative of the word Aeon). He began night time painting classes at the Metropolitan School of Art just two years after moving to Dublin, and went on to receive academic training at the RHA. AE supported Hugh Lane’s campaign for the gallery of modern art and was active in the Irish Literary Revival. He exhibited abroad at the 1913 Armory Show in New York and at the Whitechapel in London, and created a large scale series of murals of 3 Upper Ely Place in Dublin which has been compared to the work of Goya. Iberian reviewed George Russell’s first exhibition in 1904 in the Irish Homestead - ‘It is, perhaps, in his treatment of atmospheres that Mr Russells most charming and satisfying effects are produced, and the sense of brooding tranquility and a living peace. [His] use, too, of a solitary figure, or of a few figures wrapped about with silence and the spaces of the air and the hills, is a revelation of the nearness of natural men to the heart of nature itself. (The Irish Homestead, Vol. X, No.35, 27 August 1904). This sense of the magical power of nature and its spiritual and enigmatic character is what defines the best specimens of George Russell’s work. Although he was sometimes criticised for his prolific output, there are many fine examples among his industrious oeuvre.His paintings can be found in the collection of the Ulster Museum, National Gallery of Ireland, Hugh Lane, OPW, Trinity College Dublin and the Crawford Gallery.

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        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LORDLY ONES APPEARING TO A TURF CUTTER
          Nov. 26, 2018

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) LORDLY ONES APPEARING TO A TURF CUTTER

          Est: €8,000 - €12,000

          signed in monogram lower right

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        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) FLIGHT
          Nov. 26, 2018

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) FLIGHT

          Est: €4,000 - €6,000

          inscribed with title and framing instructions on reverse; also with Arthur Staples [London] framing label preserved on reverse

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        • George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) PORTRAIT OF A GIRL
          Jul. 09, 2018

          George Russell ("Æ") (1867-1935) PORTRAIT OF A GIRL

          Est: €600 - €800

          signed with initials lower right

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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)A path through the mountains with a woman and childOil on canvas, 53 x 81.5cm (21 x 32)Signed with monogram
          May. 30, 2018

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)A path through the mountains with a woman and childOil on canvas, 53 x 81.5cm (21 x 32)Signed with monogram

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)A path through the mountains with a woman and childOil on canvas, 53 x 81.5cm (21 x 32)Signed with monogram

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        • George Russell AE (1867-1935)Spring RiteGouache, 26.5 x 41.5cm (10½ x 16¼)With monogramProvenance: Sale, these rooms, 5th September 1978, Catalogue No. 191, where purchased by the late Bríd Mahon, folklorist and author of White Green Grass Grow
          May. 30, 2018

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Spring RiteGouache, 26.5 x 41.5cm (10½ x 16¼)With monogramProvenance: Sale, these rooms, 5th September 1978, Catalogue No. 191, where purchased by the late Bríd Mahon, folklorist and author of White Green Grass Grow

          Est: €800 - €1,200

          George Russell AE (1867-1935)Spring RiteGouache, 26.5 x 41.5cm (10½ x 16¼)With monogramProvenance: Sale, these rooms, 5th September 1978, Catalogue No. 191, where purchased by the late Bríd Mahon, folklorist and author of White Green Grass Grows: Memoirs of a Folklorist, and thence by descent.We thank Dr Deirdre Kelly for her assistance in cataloguing this lot. Dr Kelly has a PhD from the University of Limerick and is a specialist on the art of George Russell AE.Despite being born into a Protestant family in Northern Ireland, George Russell was staunchly nationalist and he threw his adult life into the celebration and nurturing of Irish tradition.At the turn of the twentieth century, Ireland was in the grips of a Celtic Revival, spearheaded by three main groups: The Gaelic League, the Irish Agriculture Organisation Society (IAOS) and the Irish Literary Theatre Society. Russell was closely linked with the IAOS and, from 1905, he successfully steered their magazine ‘The Irish Homestead’ to great success. Through his involvement, Russell hoped to give life to his desire to encourage a National School of Art, allowing for Celtic inspiration to manifest itself through Irish artists.True to his beliefs, he carried this through into his own artistic output, incorporating Irish folklore and nostalgia in his paintings to create vivid glimpses of a bygone and fantastical age. With his introduction to Theosophy, his interest in the mystic only intensified. Theosophy is a religious philosophy that strives to challenge the traditional, putting an emphasis on mystical experience and the idea of an immortal and utopian land. His adherence to this teaching can be clearly seen in the pseudonym that Russell took for himself, AE. The letters allude to the word aeon, hinting towards an eternal state and his search for the everlasting.In ‘Spring Rite’, Russell delightfully brings us into such an experience, presenting us with a glade filled with merriment, where our eyes feast on colour and our ears reverberate with music. The delicate flowers at the girls’ feet remind us of bluebells, a plant commonly associated with fairies and as the girls skip around an apple blossom, their circular motion recalls the eternity of life, the tree itself an ancient symbol of longevity and virility. Through this simple image, we are transported back to the fairy tales of our youth, enveloping us in a world of mystery, magic and wonder. It is to this ethereal world that Russell wanted Ireland to return, his paintings and poetry acting as a spiritual guide to all that encountered them.Russell’s vision caught the admiration of the late Bríd Mahon, a woman who dedicated her life to the pursuit and preservation of Irish Folklore. Mahon started working for the Irish Folklore Commission in 1949 and later went on to a career in the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD. Throughout her career, Mahon mingled with many influential characters of Irish history and art, her acquaintance list featuring names such as Maud Gonne, Frank O’Connor and Micheál Mac Liammóir. It was in Mahon’s home that ‘Spring Rite’ found pride of place on one of the walls, an artistic representation of the stories and legends that she spent her life tracking down, a representation of a culture now meticulously preserved among archives and aging paper.Helena Carlyle

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