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Sean Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation

Sean Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation

Éimear O’Connor

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Majestic and authoritative portrait of Sean Keating’s seventy year working life as an artist, art teacher, broadcaster, public commentator and activist. Paperback edition.

Seán Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation is an outstanding examination of Keating's seventy-year working life as an artist, art teacher, broadcaster, and public commentator. Based on extensive research and previously unavailable archival material, it is the first ever full-scale work on one of Ireland's most well known yet controversial artists, richly illustrated in colour. Offering a complete, thematically based, well-balanced portrait, and revealing previously unknown insights into his life, O'Connor discusses his difficulties at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, the networks of people he knew - Harry Clarke, Charles Lamb, Paul Henry, William Orpen - the projects he engaged, and his sometimes self-destructive relationships with those whom he could not respect. This ground-breaking study explores Keating's expansive career, from his overtly political paintings of the War of Independence and the Civil War, to the artist's engagement with the Aran Islands, to his recording of the early industrialisation of the new state. Richly illustrated with over 200 colour prints, Seán Keating: Art Politics and Building the Irish Nation will be the definitive work on this hugely respected yet controversial Irish artist for years to come.

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Author Éimear O’Connor
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 4 Apr 2013
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780716531937

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