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East Wing

Room 01 - Post Impressionism

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The artists in this room travelled to France at the beginning of the 20th century, where they practised plein-air painting and were influenced by their post-Impressionist continental contemporaries. Recent developments in the packaging of paints had given a new mobility to artists and fuelled interest in painting outdoors, particularly in France. Artists concerned with the transformative qualities of light began to use faster, spontaneous painting techniques. William Leech’s seascape was painted in Concarneau, a Breton village which attracted artists working en plein air. In Orchard and Mountain (1913), Roderic O’Conor’s vigorous use of paint and colour contrast reminds us of his friendship and shared aesthetic with Paul Gauguin. Henry Phelan Gibb’s Paysage (1906) demonstrates purity of colour and spontaneous brush-strokes, as was favoured by the Fauves.