Who is the most significant Irish Artist (painter) of them all?

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I was just watching an excellent Doc on Auntie about Francis Bacon who was Irish born and what a sad life he had, which included being thrown through a plate glass window to the ground 2 flooors below by a sadistic lover in one case!
It prompted a question which I sometimes ponder on - who is the most significant Irish Artist of them all?

I have to divulge that I am by no means an expert in the area, but from my limited knowledge, I would pick William Orpen, who was an official British War Artist for World War 1.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Orpen

Of course we also have -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_le_Brocquy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Butler_Yeats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon_(artist)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seán_Keating

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballagh

and no doubt a few other contendas!
 


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I do not know how I would sort Irish artists as regards significance but have a particular liking for Le Brocquy and Yeats. Saw a great exhibition of Bacon's work some years ago in London.

Keating seems to me to be more interesting for his chosen themes than for his style but I recognise others might prefer his style- it leaves me fairly unmoved. I don't know enough about Ballagh to be honest.
 

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Good question! I'm no art critic, but I do enjoy visiting galleries and looking at the pictures on display. The Crawford gallery in Cork is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. All the artists you have mentioned above are very notable in their own right and it would be an invidious task to select one as being the most significant. However, from that list above I'd go with Ballagh, if only for the fact that he is still alive and still of political and artistic relevance.
 

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The Crawford is indeed one of the best places in Cork City if you have a few hours spare. Nice people in there too in the cafe which is quite a nice place to have lunch or a coffee and cake after taking a walk around the gallery. Recommended.
 

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Bacon shouldnt be here. He was born in Ireland but stable and horse etc. There is no Irish influence in his work, he didnt identify as Irish, and in fact I would call him a British icon. Hes classified as a British artist.
 

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I like John Lavery.
 

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Bacon shouldnt be here. He was born in Ireland but stable and horse etc. There is no Irish influence in his work, he didnt identify as Irish, and in fact I would call him a British icon. Hes classified as a British artist.
His father arranging for his stable boys to whip the living daylights out of him because of his homosxual tendencies in Kildare, stinks of the sort of batterings Irish Kids got at school for the slightest infringements back in the day.
I think Ireland probably had a negative impact on him but an impact nonetheless!
 

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I was just watching an excellent Doc on Auntie about Francis Bacon who was Irish born and what a sad life he had, which included being thrown through a plate glass window to the ground 2 flooors below by a sadistic lover in one case!
It prompted a question which I sometimes ponder on - who is the most significant Irish Artist of them all?

I have to divulge that I am by no means an expert in the area, but from my limited knowledge, I would pick William Orpen, who was an official British War Artist for World War 1.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Orpen

Of course we also have -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_le_Brocquy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Butler_Yeats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon_(artist)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seán_Keating

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballagh

and no doubt a few other contendas!
He would be my pick as well.
However there have been many many fine Irish artists.
Sir John Lavery I would place second.

Im always uncomfortable though with who was the greatest artist type question.

TBH most artist will produce a masterpiece at least once in a lifetime.

Greatness consists in producing many masterpieces.
 

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I was just watching an excellent Doc on Auntie about Francis Bacon who was Irish born and what a sad life he had, which included being thrown through a plate glass window to the ground 2 flooors below by a sadistic lover in one case!
It prompted a question which I sometimes ponder on - who is the most significant Irish Artist of them all?

I have to divulge that I am by no means an expert in the area, but from my limited knowledge, I would pick William Orpen, who was an official British War Artist for World War 1.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Orpen

Of course we also have -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_le_Brocquy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Butler_Yeats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon_(artist)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seán_Keating

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballagh

and no doubt a few other contendas!
Solus has a lot to say!
 


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