FIREY LEAVES
Fr. Jack Hanlon  b. Dublin 1913 d. 1968
Firey Leaves by Fr. Jack Hanlon
Photograph © National Gallery of Ireland
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Watercolour on Paper
Dimensions: 66.5x49cm cm
Provenance: National Gallery of Ireland (NGI 688), Bequest of the Artist

The watercolour Firey Leaves by Father Jack Hanlon was bequeathed by the artist to the National Gallery of Ireland. Hanlon's early style can be seen in a series of studies, dating to between 1935 and 1938, displaying fine drawing and meticulous attention to detail. This contacts with his later sytle from the 1940's onwards, when he adopted a more fluid, freer approach. The watercolour shows how French influences informed much of Hanlon's painting, paricularly Lhôte's (q.v.) cubist approach, but also fauvist ideas of pure, bright colour and decorative patterns. Hanlon shared the Fauve group's love of Mediterranean colour and this watercolour reflects a shared affinity with a brighter palette. The vase, painted with a superb economy of line, provides a secure base for the riot of colour, pattern and shape which unfolds over the picture, emphasised by the unpainted areas of paper. Although he painted in oils, his most accomplished work is in watercolour.

Source: Discover Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, a reference book on Irish Art by Marie Bourke and Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch. (Published, NGI, Dublin, 1999)
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