Katherine MacCausland Irish, 1859-1930


Although little is know today about MacCausland, she was a prominent figure in her time circling with the pioneering British and Irish modernist painters at the turn of the 19th century who were absorbing the new French naturalist style of painting in France. She left Ireland for the artist colony Grez-sur-Loing in the 1880s, frequented by the likes of John Lavery, Walter Osborne, Frank O’Meara and John Singer Sargent. The soft yet confident execution of the present works, with flashes of colour, show her to have successfully grasped the techniques of her better known contemporaries, and even have shades of O'Conor's Breton oils.