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William Leech Notecard Folio
William Leech Notecard Folio
William Leech Notecard Folio
William Leech Notecard Folio
William Leech Notecard Folio
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William Leech Notecard Folio

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Ten 5 x 7 in. blank notecards with envelopes in a decorative folio.

Published with National Gallery of Ireland.

ISBN 9780764963698
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William Leech Notecard Folio
William John Leech (Irish, 1881–1968) studied drawing and painting at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art before transferring to the Royal Hibernian Academy, where he studied under the Irish painter Walter Osborne. In 1901 Leech moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian, and from 1903 to 1917 he was a frequent visitor to Concarneau, a picturesque Breton fishing port that had become a popular destination for artists. As he mastered plein-air painting, he became fascinated with the effects of sunlight and shadow and developed a bright, rich palette.

In Concarneau, Leech met and married an American-born painter, Elizabeth Saurine; she became the model for many of Leech’s best-known paintings, including the two reproduced in this folio. The Sunshade, with its exquisite rendition of sunlight and shadow, testifies to Leech’s stature as an accomplished colorist. A Convent Garden, Brittany is set in the walled garden of a Concarneau hospital that was operated by the Sisters of the Holy Ghost (Les S?urs du Saint-Esprit)—it was there that Leech convalesced after contracting typhoid in 1904. In the background of the painting, nuns are engaged in a walking prayer; the foreground figure, serenely gazing heavenward, is dressed in the bridal costume that was traditionally worn by a novice on the day she takes her final vows. Both paintings are in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Contains five each of the following notecards:
A Convent Garden, Brittany, c. 1913
The Sunshade, c. 1913
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