Kernoff's vision of Moshe Dayan


AN UNUSUAL PORTRAIT of Moshe Dayan, Israel’s best-known military leader, is one of the unexpected highlights in an art auction which goes on view in Dublin tomorrow at the Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin.

The painting is by Dublin Jewish artist Harry Kernoff and is estimated at €1,000-€1,500. Moshe Dayan (1915-1981), who wore an eye-patch to hide an injury he suffered early in his military career, became internationally famous for leading Israel to a victory against neighbouring Arab countries during the Six-Day War in 1967. It’s thought Kernoff painted the portrait from a newspaper photograph. The sale, by Morgan O’Driscoll auctioneers, features 250 lots including paintings by Mark O’Neill, Kenneth Webb, Arthur Maderson, Markey Robinson, Peter Collis and Graham Knuttel. A Victorian painting Against Witches by Howard Helmick, a 19th century American artist who worked for a time in Ireland, is likely to attract much interest and is estimated at €7,000-€10,000.

Morgan O’Driscoll, Important Irish Art on view tomorrow (noon-10pm), Monday (10am-6pm), Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4. Auction in Cork on September 24th.