Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns. Between Paris and Pont-Aven
18 July – 29 October 2018
Beit Wing, Rooms 6-10 | Admission charge
This was the first museum show in over thirty years to focus on the painted and graphic work of Irish artist Roderic O’Conor (1860–1940). The exhibition demonstrated his highly original contribution to the experimentation that revolutionised art in Europe in the late nineteenth century. The artworks—many not previously seen in public—reconstructed the critical phase of O’Conor’s career between 1887 and 1895, when he became dissatisfied with Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. This exhibition presented a unique opportunity not only to examine the evolution of O’Conor’s signature expressionist style, but also to place his work side-by-side with that of the artists with whom he connected and collaborated, including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Armand Seguin, Robert Bevan, and, above all, Cuno Amiet.
The exhibition was complemented by a a diverse education programme of events, happenings and an artist residency with Una Sealy.
Curators: Jonathan Benington, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, and Brendan Rooney, National Gallery of Ireland