Portraits of the Irish – with a dash of Spanish

Bohemian Dublin couple’s art adds flair to a strong collecction at DeVere’s

Roderic O'Conor, Breton Girl Reading

Roderic O'Conor, Breton Girl Reading

The catalogue for De Vere’s Irish art auction on Tuesday week shows the range and diversity of the Irish art world as it shows Irish artists at work both at home and abroad. 

Within Ireland, the artists’ gaze ranges from the domestic – Mildred Anne Butler chronicling the changing seasons in the garden at her home in Kilmurry, Co Kilkenny (Lot 54, €1,500–€2,500) – to the social, in Nano Reid’s portrait of card players in the pub (Lot 12, €12,000–€18,000) and the political, in Sean Hillen’s photographic record of life in the Bogside in Derry at the height of the Troubles (Lot 104, €800–€1,200).  

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