Nathaniel Hone the Younger

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Nathaniel Hone the Younger (October 26, 1831 – October 14, 1917)[1] was an Irish painter, the great-grand-nephew of a better-known painter, Nathaniel Hone. Hone began his career as a railway engineer but gave this up to study art in Paris. Most of his later paintings are landscapes, very often enlivened with animals and occasionally with figures.


In France he was influenced by the painter Gustav Courbet who was taking a new and quite revolutionary realistic approach. His closest painting tips were, howerver, from another French impressionist, Camille Corot. Hone became a close friend of one of Corot's followers at the Barbizon School of landscape painting. At Barbizon he learned to appreciate colour, texture and tone in the landscape and apply it in strong and confident brushworks to the painting of Irish subjects on his return.

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Hone's paintings which were completed in France have many similarities to those that he worked on to his country farm in Co. Dublin, but the finish is perhaps more polished off and professional in these later Irish works. One of his finest pieces is Pastures at Malahide. Cows in the foreground of the painting rest quietly grazing against the low horizon. This allows for a large amount of space to be given to the rich and dominating sky full of white cumulus clouds. The atmosphere is one of peace and tranquility, while being typically Irish with the feeling of impending rain.


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