Making Connections at Greyfriars

“Card Players”   oil on canvas, c.1940 by  Eileen Murray (1885 – 1962)   © Waterford City & County Council Donated to the Waterford Municipal Collection by Arnold and Hilda March, 1940.

“Card Players” oil on canvas, c.1940 by Eileen Murray (1885 – 1962) © Waterford City & County Council Donated to the Waterford Municipal Collection by Arnold and Hilda March, 1940.

Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery is currently showing 30 works from the Waterford Municipal Collection in its ground floor gallery. The exhibition, Connections, is curated by Ciara Gilbert and Ruth Brennan and explores the connections between artists, styles, and genres from the 19th to the 21st century including work by Arthur Armstrong, Mary Swanzy, Donald Teskey, Ann O’Regan, and many more.

Two fascinating 19th century works are on display: the meticulously rendered “View of Amsterdam” by Dutch artist Jacobus Vrolijk; and the woodblock print “Shinobazu Pond” by Japanese artist Utogawa Hiroshige, both of which date from the 1860s.

The exhibition also includes some of the most prominent pieces from the Municipal Collection, including “While Grass Grows…” (1936) by Jack B. Yeats; “Belfast Refugees at Mespil Road, Dublin, 1941” by the late Louis Le Brocquy: and “Evening in Kerry (The Lakeside Cottages)”, 1939/’40, by Paul Henry.

A short essay exploring the themes of the exhibition – available to all visitors as a free handout – adds to the enjoyment and understanding of the show. Admission to Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery is always free. Opening hours: 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday (including lunchtimes). Connections runs until Sunday, 10th May.

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