In the recent Irish Art Auction, several popular artists had their works put up for sale. The paintings ranged in price from EUR4,000 to EUR6,000. Some notable artists included Gerard Dillon, Hughie O’Donoghue, and John Shinnors. However, despite their recent successes, the market is still difficult to predict.
Although prices in the Irish Art Auction are down from 2005’s highs, many works remained popular among buyers, including works by Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats, and other major Irish artists. The auction was held entirely online, with full condition reports available on request. Bidding is currently open, and will remain open until 6pm on February 2nd. Individual lots will close after 60 seconds, so early bidders should make their purchases quickly. No late bidders will be able to win the lot of their choice – the work will sell out in numerical order.
Another famous Irish artist, Basil Blackshaw, had four works up for auction. He had carried them in his mind for decades before exhibiting them at a Carlingford Lough gallery in 1989. It is believed to be one of his most important works. Although Picasso avoided religious subjects, he did paint a crucifixion in 1930. Later, he produced a series of monochrome drawings inspired by Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece.
Until twenty years ago, the Irish Art Auction was mainly a London and Dublin phenomenon. However, a Galway-based art collector, Dr. Niall Dolan, recognized this gap and set up Dolan’s Art Auction House in 2005. This auction featured paintings by Irish masters, including Roderic O’Conor, Ireland’s first impressionist painter, and Sir William Orpen. Many paintings in the sale were landscapes and still lives.