A Second View
Paintings, Drawings and Wood Engravings
1st May - 30th June 2023
Lady of the Apocalypse
Oil on canvas 32 x 48 inches
Rivers Studio stamp
Provenance: The artist’s studio;
Frances and Michael Biggs, 1964;
Milmo-Penny Fine Art, Dublin, 1989
Exhibited: Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 1989, number 26;
Milmo-Penny Fine Art, ‘A Second View’, December 2022, number 9.
Literature: Dr S. B. Kennedy, ‘A Retrospective View’, Dublin, 1989
Price on application
The realisation that the time
had come for a review of Elizabeth's work followed a
the Court Gallery for inclusion of The Ark in Storm in their
exhibition of women artists who had studied under André Lhote. Traditionally known
as ‘Man and Mountain’, the 'Ark' title was a little too obvious and
therefore open to question.
However, in his 1989 catalogue, Brian Kennedy suggests ‘The Ark in Storm’ as an
alternative title for another work in the Ark series of paintings but it now
appears that this is not the case. The flash of lightning across the mountain
in the current painting indicates a storm and provides a more convincing match
to the title. With search engines working overtime, other discoveries followed.
Noah and his family are now identified in The Images, another work from
the Ark series, and a standing figure has been identified as Christ Draped
in Purple, a scene from the Passion. The artist’s masterpiece, Our Lady
of the Apocalypse, is explored
in detail, panel by panel. Another exceptional work, Strange Shore,
is presented as a representation of everyday life on Aran and The Sleepers is
as Aran Women Waiting for Boats.
A number of sketches for Elizabeth's last work depicting a
keening scene on the Aran Islands are
published for the first time together with rare and important woodcuts
from her arrival there in 1935.
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