Video: Analysing Cubism at FE McWilliam Gallery
Female artists like Mainie Jellett feature heavily in this abridged exhibition at the FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge
Analysing Cubism focuses on the work of those Irish artists who travelled to France in the 1920s and 30s to learn about, master and evolve Cubism, a 20th century avant-garde school of art pioneered by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Georges Barque and later Albert Gleizes.
The exhibition features mainly female artists, including Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone and Mary Swanzy, who depicted Ireland and Irish culture, landscape and identity through the skewed and thoroughly modern eye of the Cubist artist, either having returned to Irish shores after their Gallic education or remained in, and worked out of, Paris.
The exhibition also includes work by male artists like Albert Gleizes, a modernist titan and tutor to many of Europe's finest artists. It is a slightly abridged version of the larger original exhibition previously shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and later at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.
In the video above, Deirdre Quail introduces the exhibition and compares it to others recently shown in the FE McWilliam's non-sculptural exhibition space. Analysing Cubism is on display in the FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge until November 30.