Study for 6 Elements by Mainie Jellett Expand Icon

Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Study for 6 Elements

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Year
1929
Size
Unframed 38.5 x 15.7cm; Framed 50.8 x 32.4 x 3.7cm
Medium
Gouache on paper
Provenance
On loan from a Private Collection

Mainie Jellett, along with her friend Evie Hone, are noted for their part in introducing Abstraction to Ireland through their own work, and, in Jellett’s case through her active advocacy for Modernism and alternatives to what she identified as a very narrow academic approach to the visual arts which dominated Ireland until the 1940s. For that reason, Jellett strategically tempered her abstraction with stylized references to nationalism and Christianity. She was elected first Chairman of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, in 1943, shortly before her untimely death from cancer.

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