Roderic O’Conor, Effect of the Sun in a Cloud, [Effet de soleil dans un nuage], 1893

2017 008 V0001 450Roderic O’Conor (Irish, 1860–1940), Effect of the Sun in a Cloud, [Effet de soleil dans un nuage], 1893, etching on wove paper, 13.19 x 10.32 inches. Acquired with funds provided by Rebecca Nanovic Lin, 2017.008

Roceric O’Conor was born in Milton, County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1860 and began his studies in Dublin in 1879. After stays in Brussels and later in Paris, he moved to Brittany in 1891 where he joined the avant-garde artists who made up the Pont-Aven group. Effect of the Sun in a Cloud exemplifies the artist’s facility with and sensitivity to the medium of etching in a thoroughly modern idiom. He achieved a variety and quality of line with his needle that is admirable, and his nuanced wiping techniques elevate the academic exercise known as an “effet”—the arrangement of color harmonies and tone to evoke a specific mood—into an autonomous, finished work.

 

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