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New York Harbour
c. 1945
Irish School
Oil on board
56 x 45cm


Norah McGuinness
Irish School

Norah McGuinness trained at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin under Patrick Touhy and Harry Clarke. She travelled to Paris in 1929, where she enrolled at the school of the Cubist painter André Lhote. Throughout her career, McGuinness’ paintings, based on strong compositions and a confident use of colour, were influenced by what became known as ‘the School of Paris’.

Along with Louis Le Brocquy, Mainie Jellet and Jack Hanlon the Irish Exhibition of Living Art was established in 1943 of which McGuinness was elected president in 1957, a position she held for almost 20 years. The popularity of the IELA showed that there were many artists working in Ireland outside the Academic Realist tradition.