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May Guinness (1863–1955)


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c. 1950s
Unframed: 50 x 56cm; Framed size: 68.7 x 83.2cm
Watercolour on paper

May Guinness was one of a committed group of artists who went to France to study at the studio of the Cubist painter André L’Hote. Although a contemporary of Mildred Anne Butler and Nathaniel Hone, she belonged temperamentally with the much more avant-garde generation of Mary Swanzy and Mainie Jellett. Guinness’s work is heavily influenced by her time in Paris, having absorbed elements of Henri Matisse’s (1861-1954) style and to Cubism in general. She is hailed as ‘the first practising artist to introduce a modernist sensibility into Irish art.’

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