ESSAY ON IRISH PORTRAITURE
Theme :Love &PAIN
I decided to do my essay on Irish portraiture in particular Daniel Maclise not only because he is an amazing artist but also because he is Irish and most importantly he was a native of cork.I first saw Maclise work when I was in 6th year and I remember not thinking much of his work,but as the years went on i grew to enjoy his paintings more.His style would be completely different to what i would normally be drawn towards but that's why I think i enjoy his paintings so much as there is a large contrast between the two.What i do really like about his work is that I find it portrays a lot of pain and suffering which i prefer to see in paintings as i find pain and suffering really makes a painting stand out more as it such a strong emotion being portrayed
Maclise who was originally known as McLish (Scottish heritage), was born in 1806 and died in 1870 of acute pneumonia. He was a native of Cork City. He worked in a Bank under the instruction of his father but left after two years to study in The Cork School of Arts established by the Society Of Arts on Patrick Street. Maclise was lucky to have his talent recognised and encouraged by the wealthy families of Cork – Cooper Penrose, Richard Sainthill & George Newenham although they belonged to a Protestant Tory establishment , they were very well cultured and major art collectors. Maclise was able to express their views on politics through his work , which is evident in some of his illustrations. In 1825, Sir Walter Scott was travelling in Ireland, and Maclise, having seen him in a book shop, made a remarkable sketch of the great man, which he later lithographed – (a method for printing using a stone or metal plate on a smooth surface) .It was extremely popular, and the artist became celebrated enough to receive many commissions for portraits, which he did in pencil with very careful treatment of detail. He went to London in 1828 and in 1829...