Leo Whelan, Irish, Irish, 1892 - 1956
Title: Midday Meal
Date: 1930
Medium: Oil on canvas
83 x 91 cm
Signed: lower right: Leo Whelan 1930
Credit Line: Presented, 2011
Object Number: NGI.2011.12
Exhibition HistoryNew Perspectives. Acquisitions 2011 - 2020, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 11 May - 2 August 2021
Label TextWhelan was best known as a portrait painter, whose sitters included figures from political, religious, professional and military circles. However, he also produced and exhibited modern genre scenes, occasional landscapes, and informal portraits of Irish types. This painting may depict the kitchen at 65 Eccles Street, Whelan’s family home and the hotel of which his mother was proprietor. While the theme calls to mind seventeenth-century Dutch interiors, the draughtsmanship and handling of light suggest the influence of Whelan’s former master William Orpen.

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