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Paul Henry R.H.A.
Dates: British, 1876 - 1958
Biographical Account:

Paul Henry was an Irish landscape painter. He was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1877. He studied art in Belfast before travelling to Paris in 1898 to study at the Académie Julian and at Whistler's studio.

 

He married Grace, whom he had met in Paris. The two lived in London for several years. Henry made a modest living as an illustrator. He also became an honorary member of the Fitzroy Street Group, a gathering of English painters that included Albert and William Rothenstein, Walter Sickert, Spencer Gore and Harold Gilman.

 

He returned to Ireland in 1910, living on Achill Island which he fell in love with. On early morning fishing trips he was inspired to sketch the landscape in the dawn light.

 

In 1919 he moved to Dublin and founded of the Society of Dublin Painters with his wife in 1920. Since their move to Achill, there was a strain on the Henry’s marriage and they eventually separated in 1929.

 

By the 1920s and 1930s Henry was Ireland's best known artist, painting many scenes of the west of Ireland. He experimented with his techniques and subjects. He mainly painted the landscape but would also secretly sketch the local people from the villages on Achill, hiding his sketches in a book.

 

He died in 1958.

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