30 April 2009
The National Gallery of Art ,Merrion Square Dublin
I visited the Galley on Friday Last to View an Exhibition of the Irish Artist Thomas Roberts.
He Specialised in Landscapes of the Great Houses of the Landed Gentry in Ireland in the 18 th Century. He usually Portrayed the Dukes and Lords with their Wives Promenading around their Estates either Walking or in their Carraiges. It is a Sad fact of most Artists that most of them Nearly all have Died Young as was the case with this Chap ,Who Died at the Age of 28 of Tuberculosis. In his last Year he went off to Portugal to try and improve His Health but to no avail. He Produced 66 Paintings in his short Career of Painting of 8 Years. The Exhibition Shows his Paintings as well as two of Robert Mullins His Tutor as well as another Chap by the Name of Carver.
This is a fine Gallery which Contains a Huge Collection of Old Masters,Dutch,Flemish,Italian Renaissance,and Impressionist as well as Irish Artists. It is not very Big but you can Spend two Hours or more looking at all the Art and it is Free Admission Except sometimes they have Exhibitions on Loan from Overseas that they have to Charge to get in to see.
Here are some of the Paintings from their Brochure, Picasso Still Life with Mandolins 2ndflr in the Dargan Wing, Mainie Jellett Irish in Millennium Wing 1fst flr, Jack B Yeats Yeats Museum Grd flr.
The Taking of Christ Caravaggio 2nd Flr. The Gleaners Poor People picking up the Waste Wheat Jules Breton 2 flr Dargan Wing. Woman Writing with Servant Vermeer 2nd Flr Milltown Wing.