Saturday, September 19, 2009

William Percy French

This fine watercolor will be sold in Dublin, Ireland on September 28th.

Kenmare Bay seen from Derrynane, 1903. signed and dated lower left; , watercolor 42cm. x 55cm.

William Percy French was born on May 1, 1854 near Roscommon, Ireland, he graduated from college as an engineer. French wrote numerous songs and painted, which he considered his true talent.
Bog plants, heathers and wetlands, flights of birds, ever-changing skies from dawn to dusk reflected in watery land recur - but, like Paul Henry, rarely did the artist include humans, their intrusive incursions into the wild yet familiar visions of the West of Ireland he knew and loved so well, or even, as in this case, any familiar Kerry landmarks.




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