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Mainie Jellett

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Nationality  Irish
Name  Mainie Jellett
Role  Artist

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Full Name  Mary Harriet Jellett
Born  20 April 1897Dublin, Ireland
Alma mater  Metropolitan School of Art
Died  February 16, 1944, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Artwork  Achill Horses, Allegorical Scene, Two Elements
Education  Westminster School of Art, National College of Art and Design

Mainie Jellett and The Modern Art Movement in Ireland

Mary Harriet "Mainie" Jellett (29 April 1897, Dublin – 16 February 1944, Dublin) was an Irish painter whose Decoration (1923) was among the first abstract paintings shown in Ireland when it was exhibited at the Society of Dublin Painters Group Show in 1923.


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Jellett was born on 29 April 1897 at 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, the daughter of William Morgan Jellett, a barrister and later MP, and Janet McKenzie Stokes.


Jellett studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin and under Walter Sickert at the Westminster Technical Institute in London. She showed precocious talent as an artist in the impressionist style. However, with her companion Evie Hone, she then moved to Paris, where, working under André Lhote and Albert Gleizes she encountered cubism and began an exploration of non-representational art. After 1921 she and Evie Hone returned to Dublin but for the next decade they continued to spend part of each year in Paris.

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A deeply committed Christian, her paintings, though strictly non-representational, often have religious titles and often resemble icons in tone and palate. In Irish Art, a Concise History Bruce Arnold writes that

"Many of her abstracts are built up from a central 'eye' or 'heart' in arcs of colour, help up and together by the rhythm of line and shape, and given depth and intensity - a sense of abstract perspective - by the basic understanding of light and colour" Mainie Jellett Whytes IRISH ART COLLECTIBLES Auctioneers and Valuers

Jellett was an important figure in Irish art history, both as an early proponent of abstract art and as a champion of the modern movement. Her painting was often attacked critically but she proved eloquent in defense of her ideas. Along with Evie Hone, Louis le Brocquy, Jack Hanlon and Norah McGuinness, Jellett co-founded the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943.


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Jellett died a year later, on 16 February 1944, aged 46, of pancreatic cancer.

Work in collections

  • Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, including:
  • Composition (c. 1935)
  • Niland Art Collection, Sligo
  • Butler Gallery Collection, Kilkenny
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
  • The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • Four Element Composition (1930)
  • The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
  • [Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery,Waterford Municipal Art Collection[]],Waterford
  • References

    Mainie Jellett Wikipedia

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