PRESS RELEASE: February 2013
One of the most recent acquisitions to enter the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland, William Crozier’s Flanders Fields (1962), is now on view in the Irish galleries of the Millennium Wing.
Glasgow-born Crozier (1930-2011) became an Irish citizen in 1973 and divided his time between Hampshire and Kilcoe in West Cork. He was a prominent figure in the London art world in the 1950s and 1960s and exhibited with, among others, David Hockney and Francis Bacon.
Flanders Fields is an animated composition of an isolated naked figure crouching and appears engulfed by a whirlwind of colour. It represents a sense of mortality and vulnerability, a universal quality that links it with other works in the collection, most notably, Jack B. Yeats’s Grief and Louis le Brocquy’s A Family.
Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland says: “Flanders Fields is a major work in the artist’s oeuvre of the early 1960s and will take its place among a significant number of works of art which have been recently added to the collection. They include Colin Davidson’s portrait of the poet and anthologist, Michael Longley and Jacob Epstein’s bronze head of the eminent physician, Dr. Solomons Snr. These are works of the highest quality and we look forward to displaying more of them over the course of 2013.”