Two weeks ago, a programme of an hour long presented by Mike Murphy was reviewing Ireland’s favourite Masterpieces which have been selected by curators, experts and the Irish public over the last few months. From a compilation of 100 paintings, 10 were selected to let us decide which one might earn the title of Ireland’s Favourite Painting. See the long list here.
The intention of the campaign was to increase awareness of the immense riches in our public art collections and to encourage people to visit these collections and see the works for themselves.
While we can question what made the experts and the public chose those 10 paintings , we can’t question the excellent idea of bringing the public to discover and appreciate Arts in Ireland.
However Ireland’s Favourite Painting campaign is coming to an end as it’s running until tomorrow only at 2pm ( Monday 21st May 2012) You can only vote online now as the postal votes are already closed.
On Thursday 24th May, President Michael D. Higgins will reveal which of the ten shortlisted masterpieces below has been voted Ireland’s Favourite Painting by the Irish people.
So which artist will you vote for? Make your choice and make it fast!
Link to the website and the ten masterpieces:
It’s also a great time to go and visit a gallery near you, or to try to see some of the works on the long and short lists of artwork for yourself.
- Masterpiece 1 : Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)
Communicating with Prisoners, c.1924
- Masterpiece 2 : Frederic William Burton (Corofin, Co. Clare 1816-1900, London) Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs,1864
- Masterpiece 3 : Louis le Brocquy (Dublin 1916-2012)
A Family, 1951
- Masterpiece 4 : Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632-1675)
A Lady Writing a Letter, with Her Maid, c.1670
- Masterpiece 5 : Harry Clarke (Dublin 1889-1931 Zurich)
The Eve of St. Agnes (1924)
- Masterpiece 6 : John Lavery (Belfast 1856-1941 Kilkenny)
The Artist’s Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen, 1909-13
- Masterpiece 7: William John Leech (Dublin 1881-1968 Guildford)
A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913
- Masterpiece 8 : Sean Scully (Dublin 1945 – )
Wall of Light Orange Yellow (2000)
- Masterpiece 9: Paul Henry (Belfast 1876-1958 Wicklow)
A Connemara Village, 1933-34
- Masterpiece 10 – Caravaggio (Caravaggio 1571-1610 Porto Ercole)
The Taking of Christ, 1602