A Time and a Place: Two Centuries of Irish Social Life.
18th October 2006 – 28th January 2007
Sponsored by Key Capital Private and Deutsche Bank
This major exhibition devoted to Irish social life over the past two centuries brought together 83 paintings and watercolours by some of Ireland's most accomplished figurative painters of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, among them William van der Hagen, James Arthur O'Connor, Lilian Davidson, William Conor, Sean Keating, Mainie Jellett, Harry Kernoff, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Elizabeth Rivers, Gerard Dillon and Louis le Brocquy.
The exhibition covered themes such as sport, music, dance, theatre and entertainment, as well as religious and civic celebration and it was an opportunity to display together works by renowned artists that, though created independently, were inspired by the same subjects and at the same time provided an informative insight into how people and communities went about their daily lives and how they relaxed and enjoyed themselves
Dr. Brendan Rooney, curator of the exhibition and editor of the accompanying catalogue, said: "none of the recorders of Irish life featured in this exhibition can be said to have approached their subjects with an innocent eye, despite their documented familiarity with the subject, or the authenticity afforded by their physical or implied presence. The variety and testimony that these scenes of social life represent and the relativity of their pictorial language are fascinating subjects in their own right."
A Time and a Place: Two Centuries of Irish Social Life
© 2006 National Gallery of Ireland and the Authors
Editor Brendan Rooney