Artwork: The Virgin of Eire
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944), The Virgin of Eire, National Gallery of Ireland (left). I love this work for its vivid colour and strong composition. Jellett was one of Ireland’s foremost Modern painters. In 1943, she became a founding chairman of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, where she showed this painting. The work illustrates her Cubist style. The central figures are the Virgin and Child with St Brigid and St Patrick. They are enclosed in a carefully structured symmetrical composition.