The Roadside Cottage by Paul Henry


The Roadside Cottage


Paul Henry

Ref GM377
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 24" (50 x 60 cm)
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This picture was entitled by the artist A Roadside Cottage on Lough Inagh, Connemara. It is typical of Paul Henry’s beautiful landscapes of the west of Ireland, painted largely in the 1920s and ’30s. At the time, he was perhaps Ireland’s best known artist and his depictions of the coastline and landscape of the west of Ireland continue to influence perceptions of Ireland to the modern day. One of his paintings sold for a remarkable €260,000 in December 2006 at a Bonhams sale. In a book illustrated with Paul Henry’s pictures and published in 1912, the Irish nationalist Robert Lynd described Achill, the source of inspiration for so much of Henry’s work: “Here amid the gloom and the dark wind rises a land populace in parts with cottages as a city with human beings. It is a place of tiny dwellings and tiny farms.” The artist himself wrote in his own autobiography: “As I wandered round and through the village [of Keel] and out on the road that led to Pollough and looked down on Dooagh and to the noble cliffs of Achill Head, I felt that here I must stay somehow or other. I would not go any further.” In his landscapes, Henry sought to visualise the simple peasant Arcadia of rural Ireland and this evocative picture is a typical, highly successful, example of his work.