Henry Allan, Irish, 1865-1912
Title: A Dutch Interior
Date: c.1888
Medium: Oil on board
26 x 36 cm
Signed: lower left: H. Allan
Credit Line: Presented, Mr J. Kavanagh, 1912
Object Number: NGI.654
Exhibition History(?) Flemish Interior, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1890

The Irish Impressionists, Irish Artists in France and Belgium, 1850-1914, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 9 October - 18 November 1984; Ulster Museum, Belfast, 1 February - 10 March 1985
Label TextAllan was one of several Irish artists to attend the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Antwerp. This painting provides evidence of his training there, but the earthy colour range also invites comparison with the work of The Hague School, which exercised a profound influence over artists throughout Europe in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. The assortment of items may be some of the artist’s studio props. Many artists collected items of this kind with a view to incorporating them into finished paintings.

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