Mainie Jellett

Life
1897-1944 [Mary Harriet]; b. 36 Fitzwilliam Sq., Dublin; dg. of William Morgan Jellett, the last TCD MP elected for Unionists to Westminster, and relative of John Jellett, the TCD Provost; ed. National College of Art, 1917-19; exhibited in studio of Jack Yeats, 1931; moved to London with Evie Hone, and thence to Paris; commissioned by Irish govt. to design murals for pavilion a Glasgow Fair; fnd. with others Irish Exhibition for Living Art. BREF DIB DIH

Criticism
Bruce Arnold, ‘Mainie Jellett and Modernism’, in Patrick Murphy, et al., Irish Women Artists from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day (Dublin: NGI, Mun. Gall., Dublin; DHG 1987), pp.30-33; Arnold, Mainie Jellett and the Modern Movement in Ireland (Yale P 1991), 216pp., ill.; See also comments in Keith Jeffrey, ‘Irish Culture and the Great War’, in Bullán (Autumn 1994), p.87.

Commentary
Hilary Pyle remarks that ‘Mainie Jellett never relaxed her devotion to non-representational principles, though it was an abstract style born in the realism of/ personal emotion or experience, and colored by a very deep religious feeling.’ (pp.37-38 in Hilary Pyle, ‘Modern Art in Ireland: An Introduction’, Éire-Ireland, 4, 4, Winter 1969, pp.35-41.)

Notes
Her date of death is recorded as Feb. 1946, at St Vincent’s Hospital, in Anne Madden, Louis le Brocquy, Painter (1994), p.65.

Jellett met Evie Hone in Paris, the two of them subsequently studying under Lhote and then Albert Gleizes with whom they explored cubism. (p.37 in Hilary Pyle, ‘Modern Art in Ireland: An Introduction’, Éire-Ireland, 4, 4, Winter 1969, pp.35-41.)

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