Joseph Malachy Kavanagh (Irish 1856-1918), portrait of cleric, 29 1/2" by 19 1/2". The painting is signed in the lower left. The subject is a Reverend or Pastor. I have owned this painting for several years and must admit I have strong feelings about this man. I suspect he was a very kind and gentle soul. That may be what I wish and have decided to feel?
Mr Kavanagh was a Landscape painter and contemporary friend of Walter Osborne. Although he was a prolific painter Joseph's work is relatively rare. He was a resident on Abbey Street when the buildings, including his studio and paintings, were destroyed by fire. The only surviving works are those which left his possession before the fire.
The following information was gleaned from an internet search about the artist:
“Kavanagh was a portrait and landscape painter. He studied at The Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin. In 1881 he travelled to Antwerp and was there with Walter Osborne (1859-1903). He was greatly influenced by the Dutch painters of the Golden Age. He visited Brittany in 1883 and returned annually until 1886. He was Keeper of The Royal Hibernian Academy from 1910 until his death. His works can be seen in The National Gallery of Ireland. He was a prolific artist, exhibiting 224 works in total at the RHA from 1875 until 1918. However, his works are rare owing to the fact that the contents of his studio were destroyed by fire at the RHA premises during The Easter Rising of 1916.”
DIMENSIONS: 30" X 25"
CONDITION: The painting is in good condition with some damage including two punctures to the canvas. The painting could use a good cleaning as well. Please note the photos.
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