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A Man Of The Hills (1910-1913)


This tiny panel dates from Paul Henry's early years among the peasants of Achill Island. He shared Jack B Yeats's admiration for the western peasants' deep culture and natural dignity. This study, broadly and rapidly painted, recalls the earlay dark-toned figure-paintings made by Van Gogh among the poverty-stricken people of Belgium. The sitter may be Tony Patton, a friend of Henry's from Achill of whom he reproduced a drawing in his autobiography, 'An Irish Portrait'.