Box 1 depicts beautiful women enjoying their summer and seeking shade from the sun.
'Tea in the Garden', which is an unfinished painting was probably painted in the summer of 1902, a year before the artist's death. Set in the garden of his neighbours, the Crawfords, in Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines. This painting is one of many genre-portrait compositions of figures in a sunny, plein-air setting, which the artist painted during the last ten years of his life. Osborne worked 'alla prima' - quickly sketching in forms in fluid, impressionistic brushstrokes, which superbly capture the warm atmosphere of the afternoon with the dappled light falling through the trees.
This full-length portrait depicts John Lavery's second wife Hazel, Her beauty captivated him and she became his muse and model until her death in 1935. His best-known portrait of her was that which was on the Irish pound note until the 1970s. In this work, she is seen sketching in oil in plein-air beneath a large parasol. She looks directly at the viewer with an intimate gaze. The influence of French Impressionism is evident in the sketchy manner in which the paint has been applied. It was probably painted out of doors
Clausen painted several scenes of farm workers and explored the theme of light and shade, in internal and external settings, on a number of occasions. Here he creates a strong sense of intimacy by placing the young farm worker very close to the picture plane. Crowned by rich foliage painted in thick impasto, she seems to be taking shelter from a hot sun portrayed by a vivid and loosely painted yellow background. There are no other indications of her world beyond this and her reverie adds to the painting's atmosphere of tranquillity and repose.
William Leech was a pupil of the artist Walter Osborne and he regarded Osborne as the best teacher he ever had. Although Leech had moved to England from Ireland, he continued to exhibit at the RHA in Dublin. He also revisited France on many occasions to paint at Grasse and Cagnes-sur-Mer. This painting shows two women walking barefoot on the sand with decorative parasols and colourful scarves to shade them from the intense sun. The woman on the right appears to be May Botterell, a life-long friend who became his second wife upon their marriage in 1953. In the background children are playing at the water’s edge. The influence of post-Impressionism is evident in Leech’s use of broad brushstrokes and contrasting colours in this painting. Reflections on water were a recurring theme in his work and they are vividly portrayed in this work.