Mainie Jellett, Irish, 1897-1944
Title: Achill Bog
Medium: Wash on paper
28 x 38.2 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 1980
Object Number: NGI.18185
DescriptionThis sketch forms part of a collection of over 200 preparatory works in the National Gallery. In this drawing, Jellett presents a 'purified' landscape, pared back to the essentials of form and pattern. It was during the late 1930s that she became increasingly interested in drawing West of Ireland landscapes. She wrote in the December 1940 issue of The Bell (a topical cultural journal) of the western landscape:
In County Mayo I was on the seashore. I crossed a great expanse of gold-coloured sand. I climbed over rocks to a long promontory of sand banks. The scene gave an intense feeling of peace, dignity and the uttermost simplicity. The sun was brilliant and the sea ultramarine blue and white. One felt the everlasting beauty of life and death.