Roderic O’ Conor (1860-1940) was an Irish artist who was at the forefront of the avant-garde movement. He moved to France and painted in locations in Brittany as well as Paris. Many artists at the time headed for the coast to escape the city and to work directly from nature. The National Gallery of Ireland is currently hosting an exhibition on O’Conor and his contemporaries. It covers what the curator Jonathan Benington considers O’Conor’s glory years. This is the time at the artists’ colony in Pont-Aven. The beautiful setting of the village provided visiting artists with blue skies, blossoming trees and golden cornfields, not to mention the many peasants prepared to pose in their charming local costume for a few cent. It was very inexpensive to live here. O’Conor met Gauguin whom he befriended and to whom he loaned money and studio space. Gauguin became an unmistakable influence on his work. This exhibition includes an exceptional selection of works, many from private collections which they have never previously left.
www.walkindublin.com recommends that visitors to Dublin – and residents – might enjoy being transported to the picturesque world of the French countryside and its inhabitants as portrayed by O’Conor and his contemporaries.