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George Dawson: An Unbiased Eye

Royal Hibernian Academy, 19 Nov - 19 Dec 2010

50 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art at Trinity - click here for full details

Georges Braque 'Oiseau dans le feuillage' (1961) lithograph on newspaper edition 15 of 50

(click here for artist's biography, pdf document)

Georges Braque 'Oiseau dans le feuillage'

Bite-sized info:

Georges Braque was an artist whom Dawson greatly admired, in fact, it is likely that Dawson was one of the first in Ireland to possess a collection of Braque's original prints. This piece was displayed with great pride in the centre of George Dawson's rooms in Rubrics, Trinity College. During early 1970s he had his College rooms redesigned into a modernist studio apartment by Michael Scott of Scott Tallon Walker architects. A photograph of this is featured on the back cover of the 50th anniversary commemorative publication, showing Karel Appel's 'Le Diable' in the background, a small work by Evie Hone, and a selection of his much-loved Makonde sculptures. A great story has been recounted by many of those who knew George: in the late 1960s burglars got into his rooms and made great efforts to remove his television and various other items meanwhile leaving the Braque over the fireplace and a selection of significant Irish and international art dotted around the room!

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