In The Mournes (1936)


Always a superb draughtsman, Luke developed a very precise, stylised technique which suited his preferred use of tempera as a medium. This picture was commissioned by the Ulster poet John Hewitt, a great admirer of Luke's highly stylised approach. Although the title and imagery in the painting draw upon the romance associated with the west of Ireland, the treatment of the scene is radically different to that produced by any other artist in Ireland at the time. The mountain towering in the background is Slievemore on Achill Island.