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River Edge
c. 1960
Irish school
Watercolour on paper
27cm x 35cm

2270 -P
This watercolour is a composition in which simplified outlines of birds are subsidiary to the free and expressive mark-making used by the artist to evoke the abundance of life and energy in the landscape. Here the painter concentrates on painting aspects of classic subject, such as local life and landscapes, and in the meanwhile explores a abstraction, using a characteristically restricted palette.












Nano Reid
1905–81

Irish School

Nano Reid trained at the Metropolitan
School of Art in Dublin, where she
studied under Seán Keating and
Harry Clarke.Afterwards she travelled
to Paris, enrolling at the Grand
Chaumiere academy along with other
Irish artists such as Kathleen Fox.

Reid then attended the Central
School in London, studying under
Bernard Meninsky. Her first solo
exhibition was held at the Dublin Painters Gallery in 1934.

After returning to Ireland, Reid spent the rest of her life in Drogheda, concentrating on painting aspects of local life and landscapes. However, her paintings are in no way bound by a sense of locality, but are accomplished essays in painterly abstraction. In 1950, along with Norah McGuinness, Reid represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale.

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