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    OSBORNE, LAVERY AND LEECH (A TRIO OF FAMOUS IRISH PAINTERS)
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    Walter Osborne was born in 1859. He painted mainly in the
    French Brittany region of Quimperlé but moved to England
    in 1884. His paintings of rural scenes that dominated his
    early years gradually gave way to an 'impressionistic'
    interpretation of those subjects that he had great empathy
    for, namely women, small children and old people. His
    superb images of young girls at play are still cherished
    by the National Gallery of Ireland: The Dolls School, The
    House Builders.

    John Lavery was born in Belfast but was educated in
    Glasgow, London and Paris. He originally worked as an
    apprentice photographer but harboured ambitions to be
    a portrait artist. He became an official war artist and
    eventually a chronicler of his times with paintings such
    as 'The Ratification of the Irish Treaty in the English
    House of Lords, 1921' and 'Blessing of the Colors: A
    Revolutionary Soldier Kneeling to the Blessed'. His most
    famous work was perhaps that of his wife, Lady Lavery,
    'The Red Rose' which was a painting that had a number of
    incarnations before it forever bore the face of the woman
    who was to adorn the Irish Pound note for half a century.

    William John Leech was born in Dublin in 1881 and studied
    under Walter Osborne at the Royal Hibernian Academy
    Schools. He became increasingly interested in sunlight
    and shadow and this perhaps might explain why the famous
    painting 'The Goose Girl' was acredited to him. So proud of
    this wonderful interpretation of a girl in a bluebell field
    was the National Gallery of Ireland that they adopted the
    image as their logo, only to finally have to accept that
    the painting was in fact completed by the Englishman
    Stanley Royle. He can be regarded as one of the great
    Irish colorists' as can be seen by his superb image: 'Les
    Soeurs du Saint-Esprit, Concarneau, c. 1910-1912' which
    has to be one of the finest Irish paintings ever.

    View the paintings of these artists at the Site at:
    <a href="http://www.ireland-information.com/picturesofireland/picturesofireland.htm">http://www.ireland-information.com/picturesofireland/picturesofireland.htm</a>

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