Art: Irishmen

Irish painting is far less famed than Irish literature. But anyone who recalls the longing of Poet William Butler Yeats for "the bee-loud glade" or the poignant desolation of Novelist George Moore's The Unfilled Field, or any of the more familiar expressions of Celtic lyricism and melancholia, will easily imagine the similar lilt and dolour of Irish painting. Thus when an exhibition of contemporary Irish art opened, last week, at the Helen Hackett Galleries in Manhattan, few were surprised at the nature of the paintings.* Irishmen like Paul Henry see landscapes of mist-laden...

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