Irish Art 1890-1960

Jack B Yeats, The Liffey Swim, 1923

Irish art in the late 19th and early 20th century is marked by a tension between more traditional, academic styles of art concerned with the skilful and realistic depiction of the world, and modern art styles that are characterised by aesthetic experiments focusing on the formal qualities of art.

Several influences were apparent in Irish art during this time. They include: nationalism; realism; a revival of interest in the West of Ireland; a desire to develop an Irish art separate from a British tradition; an increase in the influence of continental Europe; and the development of modernist styles in visual art.

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