Roderic O'Conor

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Roderic O'Conor
Self portrait (c. 1923–1926)
Self portrait (c. 1923–1926)
Born 17 October, 1860
Castleplunket, County Roscommon, Ireland
Died 18 March, 1940
Nueil-sur-Layon, France
Nationality Irish
Education Metropolitan School of Art (Dublin), Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), Ampleforth College (Yorkshire), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (Antwerp)
Known for Painter, etcher

Roderic O'Conor (17 October 1860 – 18 March 1940) was an Irish painter.

Born in Milltown, Castleplunket, Co. Roscommon, Ireland,[1] O'Conor studied at Ampleforth College, then at Dublin and Antwerp before moving to Paris where he was deeply influenced by the Impressionists.

O'Conor attended the Metropolitan School and Royal Hibernian Academy early in his career.[2] Like his classmate, Richard Moynan, O'Conor would travel to Antwerp then Paris to gain further experience.[3] In 1892 he went to Pont-Aven in Brittany where he worked closely with a group of artists around the Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin, whom he befriended.[1] His method of painting with textured strokes of contrasting colours also owed much to Van Gogh. His nephew, Patrick O'Connor (1909–97), was also a painter as well as a sculptor.

O'Conor died in Nueil-sur-Layon, France in March 1940.[1]

In March 2011 a work by O'Conor sold for £337,250 (€383,993). Landscape, Cassis, an oil-on-canvas, was painted by O'Conor in the south of France in 1913 and sold at Sotheby's for significantly higher than the estimate price.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Roderic O'Conor at Irish Art
  2. ^ Tate Institution - O'Conor Biography
  3. ^ Campbell, Julian (1984). The Irish Impressionists, Irish Artists in France and Belgium 1850-1914. National Gallery of Ireland. ISBN 0-903162-17-2. . . 1984 ISBN
  4. ^ "Landscape, Cassis by Roderic O'Conor". Sothebys. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
La Jeune Bretonne (1895), National Gallery, Dublin