Treasures from the North: Irish Paintings from the Ulster Museum

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Treasures from the North: Irish Paintings from the Ulster Museum
14th March – 16th September 2007

The opportunity for this exceptional exhibition came about as a result of the Ulster Museum's closure for major refurbishment work, presenting a rare opportunity for the National Gallery to display their masterpieces of Irish art.

Treasures from the North presented a selection of 60 paintings from the Ulster Museum, which focused upon the best of their Irish collection. From pure dramatic landscape to the vibrancy of urban life; from society portraits to the impact of modernism, these paintings touched on endearing themes, some of them universal and some more particular to Ireland.

Raymond Keaveney, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland said: "The National Gallery and the Ulster Museum have always had a close and fruitful relationship. This particular initiative represented a special co-operative venture between two distinguished institutions who share a common goal of promoting Irish Heritage."

The project was the result of the collaborative efforts of colleagues in both institutions. The paintings were selected by Dr. Eileen Black and Anne Stewart, Curators of Fine Art in the Ulster Museum.

The exhibition included paintings by major figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, most notably George Barret, Nathaniel Hone and William Ashford. Distinguished twentieth-century artists included Sir John Lavery, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, William Scott, and Gerard Dillon. Among the highlights were Lavery's Under the Cherry Tree (1884), a magnificent early work showing the influence (upon the artist) of French 'plein-air' painting and the Barbizon school; Paul Henry's Dawn, Killary Harbour (c.1921), and a hauntingly evocative riverside scene in Sligo, The Riverside (1922), by Jack Yeats, dating from his middle period. Also featured were works by more modern artists: William Conor, John Luke, Charles Lamb, Frank McKelvey, Basil Blackshaw, Dermod O'Brien and TP Flanagan.

Exhibition Catalogue:
Treasures from the North: Irish Paintings from the Ulster Museum
© 2007 National Gallery of Ireland and the Authors
Eileen Black and Anne Stewart
Editor Fionnuala Croke
ISBN 978-1-904288-22-0