Sean Keating (1889 - 1977)

Lot 30: Seán Keating PRHA (1889-1977)Burning the KelpOil on board, 57 x 76cm (22½ x 30)Signed, also signed and dated (19)'74Provenance: Purchased from the artist by Mrs Noreen Barrett and thence by descent to the present owner.From the moment Seán Kea

Adam's

December 7, 2016
Dublin 2, Ireland

More About this Item


Description: Seán Keating PRHA (1889-1977)Burning the KelpOil on board, 57 x 76cm (22½ x 30)Signed, also signed and dated (19)'74Provenance: Purchased from the artist by Mrs Noreen Barrett and thence by descent to the present owner.From the moment Seán Keating first stepped onto the Aran Islands with his friend, Harry Clarke, sometime before World War One, it became a place of personal and political artistic identity for the artist. His habit was to visit Aran in the late summer or early autumn, before his teaching year began at the school of art in Dublin (later the NCA, 1937), where he’d spend two weeks or so sketching and painting. Keating also took photographs, and from the early 1930s onwards, cine footage of the islands, which he used to aid the completion of compositions throughout the rest of the year. Always interested in the atmospheric conditions, he’d make notes on sketches about the movement of cloud, the colour of the sea, and the effect of the sun on the landscape. Employed on a part time basis at the NCA, and after his retirement, left without a pension, Keating’s financial mainstay throughout his career was portraiture, followed closely by paintings of the Aran Island people and their traditional way of life, so his trips to the islands were essential, albeit enjoyable. However, after the death of his wife, May (née Walshe), in 1965, Keating stopped going to the islands. He depended instead on his vast store of successful vignettes from previous paintings, photographs, cine footage, notes on atmospheric conditions, and cut outs from magazines and newspapers to supply the constant demand for paintings of Aran. By the time he came to compose Burning the Kelp in 1973 Keating was eighty four years old and nearing the end of his life. Yet, as encouraged by his mentor, William Orpen so many years before, he worked every day to keep his eyes and hands in practice, and to earn a living. With his idea for the painting in mind, he returned to a successful vignette of an Aran woman burning kelp, first seen in paintings made in the 1940s, and to another of a man of Aran beside his currach, versions of which he had painted in the early 1930s. Although painted so late in his career, it is Keating’s attention to the atmospheric conditions, the light, and the calm reflections on the surface of the sea, that draw the eye to the work, and thus, Burning the Kelp represents a lifetime of memories, and of ‘accumulated wisdom’ about which the artist spoke in 1971:‘Aran was different. Aran was coherent … There was a natural background of quite a different palette … strong clear colours like the wonderful clear light … The hand is as good as ever … always enjoying a new sensation, like this morning, with all that powerful light, I can see things that I couldn’t see before … it’s practice … and all the accumulated wisdom behind it …’(Seán Keating - a life, RTE Guide, 10 December, 1971, reproduced in Éimear O’Connor, Seán Keating in Context: Responses to Culture and Politics in Post-Civil War Ireland (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2009), p. 173-4).Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHAResearch Associate, TRIARC - Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College DublinAuthor of Seán Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation (Kildare: Irish Academic Press, 2013).
Request more information

Payment

Accepted forms of payment: American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Shipping: Auction House will help arrange shipment, at buyer's expense, all such requests are outsourced to recommended third parties.

Important Irish Art 7th December 2016

by
Adam's
December 7, 2016, 6:00 PM GMT

Dublin 2, Ireland

Buyer's Premium
25.0%
From: To: Increment:
€0 €199 €10
€200 €219 €20
€220 €279 €30
€280 €319 €20
€320 €379 €30
€380 €419 €20
€420 €479 €30
€480 €499 €20
€500 €999 €50
€1,000 €1,999 €100
€2,000 €9,999 €200
€10,000 €19,999 €500
€20,000 €29,999 €1,000
€30,000 €79,999 €2,000
€80,000+ €5,000
Shipping Terms: Auction House will help arrange shipment, at buyer's expense, all such requests are outsourced to recommended third parties.
Representations in Catalogues: Representations or statements made by the Auctioneer in any Catalogue as to contribution, authorship, genuineness, source, origin, date, age, provenance, condition or estimated selling price or value is a statement of opinion only. Neither the Auctioneer nor its employees, servants or agents shall be responsible for the accuracy of any such opinions. Every person interested in a Lot must exercise and rely on their own judgment and opinion as to such matters.
The headings of the conditions herein contained are inserted for convenience of reference only and are not intended to be part of, or to effect, the meaning or interpretation thereof.
The Commission: The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% of the Hammer Price, exclusive of VAT at the applicable rate on all individual lots.
Payment: The Auctioneer shall only accept payment from successful bidders in cash, draft in Euro or by the bidder's own cheque drawn on an Irish bank account vouched to the satisfaction of the Auctioneer. Cheques drawn by third parties, whether in the Auctioneer's favour or requiring endorsement, shall not be accepted. We also accept payment by credit card, Visa & Mastercard subject to a administration charge of 1.5% of the total amount due. American Expess 3.65% administration charge. We also accept debit card payments by way of Laser, with no surcharge, however the cardholder in person can only make the payment.
VAT: It is presumed unless stated to the contrary, that the items listed herein are auction scheme goods as defined in the Finance Act 1995. (Current VAT rate in Ireland is 23%).
View full terms and conditions