Le Chateau de La Roche Guyon (1953)
RONALD OSSORY DUNLOP RA (1894 - 1973)
Oil on canvas; signed by the artist bottom right
In original frame
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Born in Dublin to a Scottish-Irish Quaker family, Ronald Ossory Dunlop RA was an Irish author and painter in oil of landscapes, seascapes, figure studies, portraits and still life. A conscientious objector during WW1, in 1923, Dunlop founded the Emotionist Group of writers and artists and his own work is characterised by a painterly exuberance. He was a member of the London Group from 1934, and the New English Art Club from 1935. Dunlop was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1939, became a Royal Academician in 1950 and found considerable fame in his lifetime for his ‘alla prima*’ approach to his work.
The same view of La Roche-Guyon (a picturesque town on the Seine northwest of Paris) was famously painted by Georges Braque in 1909 in an early demonstration of the Cézanne-inspired Cubist style. As Robert Hughes said: ‘Picasso knew lots of things; Braque knew one big one: Cézanne.’ Dunlop was similarly obsessed by the French genius as this decidedly Cézanne-esque painting testifies.