Roderic O'Conor, 1860-1940 (Lives of Irish Artists) Hardcover – 1 May 1992
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The book on Roderic O'Conor has been written by Paula Murphy, 1860-1940, 'Early Training' after schooling at Ampleforth, O'Conor enrolled at Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and then went to the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp to gain a wider knowledge of modern art away from the conservative and restrictive Irish environment. He studied under Charles Verlat who broadened his palette. He then went to Paris to study with Carolus-Duran who suggested the fusion of drawing and painting, and recommended the study of Velásquez. He would have seen works by Seurat, van Gogh and Gauguin in Paris. At the end of the 1880s, he moved to Grez-sur-Loing; `Brittany and Gauguin', in 1892 he arrived at Pont-Aven where, earlier, Gauguin had developed cloisionnisme. He began to use brighter colours and to apply the paint in stripes. He finally met Gauguin on his return from Tahiti in 1894; `Back in Paris', it was here that the artist spent most of his life, becoming friends with other artists, collecting their works and serving on selection juries. In 1913, he rented a villa in Cassis, following Matisse, Derain and Vlaminck; `A Late Marriage', in 1933, O'Conor married his longtime model, mistress and pupil, Renée Honta, who survived him by 15 years; `The Man and his Art', the artist did not mix with other Irish artists in Paris.Read more ›