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Orpen, William (Sir)

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00133557
Orpen, William (Sir)

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Irish, 20th century, male.

Born 1878, in Stillorgan (County Dublin); died 29 September 1931, in London.

Painter. Portraits, genre scenes, landscapes with figures.

Sir William Orpen trained with James Brennan at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin (1891-1897) and at the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1897-1899). Between 1902 and 1914 he taught part-time at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin. He divided his time between England and Ireland, staying for part of each year at Howth Head near Dublin from 1907. Orpen was a member of the New English Art Club (NEAC) and the Pastel Society, and an associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy. He exhibited at the NEAC from 1900. He was elected member of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in 1919. In his day he was one of the most highly regarded painters in British society. In 1917 he was appointed as an official war artist, and he was the official painter at the 1918 peace conference. An exhibition of his war paintings was held in London in 1918, following which he donated all the paintings to the Imperial War Museum as a gift to the nation....

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Subjects: Painting ; 20th-Century Art

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