Hugh Lane Gallery featured in ‘The West Australian’

Steve McKenna from The West Australian writes “Talents from Ireland and abroad, past and present, are showcased behind the turquoise front door of this former lord’s mansion overlooking Parnell Square North. The Hugh Lane in question was born in County Cork, but grew up in England, becoming an art dealer and collector in London, before returning home to launch Dublin’s first space dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Lane died, aged 39, on board RMS Lusitania — sunk by a German U-boat off the Cork coast in 1915 — but his legacy endures at a gallery that has both temporary exhibitions and a superb permanent collection. Browse Impressionist works by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, pieces by Irish female abstract artists Mainie Jellett, May Guinness and Mary Swanzy, stained glass by Harry Clarke and works by Nathaniel Hone, whom Lane considered Ireland’s greatest landscape painter. The gallery also contains the chaotic reconstructed studio of the late Dublin-born painter Francis Bacon.”

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