William Newenham Montague Orpen

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Orpen, William Newenham Montague


Born Nov. 27, 1878, in Stillorgan, County Dublin; died Sept. 29, 1931, in London. Irish painter.

Orpen studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art from 1892 to 1896 and at the Slade School of Art in London from 1897 to 1899. He painted landscapes, interiors, genre scenes, historical pictures, and battle pieces, but he was especially known for his penetrating sociopsychological portraits. Orpen’s works are marked by realism, rich color, and free brushwork.


Konody, P. G., and S. Dark. Sir William Orpen, Artist and Man. London, 1932.
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Born in Limerick in 1889, Keating won a three-year scholarship to the then-Dublin Metropolitan School of Art (DMSA) where he was part of an outstanding group of students including Harry Clarke, Margaret Crilly and Beatrice Elvery, taught by William Orpen.
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From the First World War itself there is a slightly disconcerting painting by William Orpen of the room in which he stayed while serving as an official war artist, a steel helmet slung over the bedpost near the artist's portfolio.
I felt it when I read his biography; he treated Moore as I treated William Orpen, the greatest painter Ireland has produced.
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