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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Allied to the Arnolfini Portrait's technical power was also the suggestiveness of its famous mirror, imitated in works ranging from a William Holman Hunt drawing of 1850, illustrating Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott', to The Mirror by William Orpen (1900; Fig.
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Ronnie has said he has been inspired by artists such as Schiele, Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, William Orpen and Pablo Picasso in creating the paintings, saying: "When I get inspired I get almost possessed and I just have to paint.
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Artistic expressions include works representing the art movement Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), such as those by Germany's Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, as well as social realist Irishman William Orpen.
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.
Like Synge, whom he admired, the painter William Orpen was Anglo-Irish and was born in the 1870s.
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