Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940)
Portrait of a Man, possibly Paul Sérusier, 1895
Etching printed on laid paper with rich plate tone
Plate, 26 x 21cm
Sheet, 32.8 x 25.8cm
O’Conor was born in Castleplunket, Co. Roscommon. He attended the Metropolitan School of Art and the RHA, and later studied in Antwerp and Paris. In 1891, he went to Pont-Aven in Brittany where he worked closely with a group of artists including Paul Serusier, Charles Filiger, Armand Seguin, Wladyslaw Slewinski and Paul Gauguin. In 1893, O’Conor worked closedly with the French printmaker, Armand Seguin (1869-1903). Together they made a series of prints in and around Le Pouldu, a small isolated coastal community to the east of Pont-Aven. Seguin taught O’Conor the technique of etching and their collaboration led to the production of a series of prints which have a unique place with the context of late nineteenth-century printmaking in France.
Portrait of a Man is an extremely fine impression of a print by O’Conor, printed with rich plate tone. This rare print, in pristine condition, once belonged to Henriette Boutaric an important collector of the work of the Pont-Aven artists. It complements four other etchings by the artist in the Gallery’s collection.