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date: 15 December 2019

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The history of the visual arts in Ireland from the seventeenth to the late twentieth century must be understood in terms of Ireland’s close political and cultural connection with Britain. From portraits of the landed elite to landscapes of well-manicured demesnes, the story of the development of painting in Ireland is indeed a reflection of artistic developments usually emanating from London, yet one that is tinged with colonial complications. For much of the period, migration proved to be a sensible career move for an aspiring Irish artist, yet with the gaining of national independence in the 1920s many artists attempted to forge careers at home. This essay traces the conflict faced by numerous former colonies, the attractions of the foreign versus indigenous aspirations.

Keywords: Portraiture, Art exhibitions, Migration, Foreign art, Indigenous art

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