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. Spending much of his later career in Paris and as part of the Pont-Aven movement, O'Conor's work demonstrates Impressionist and Post-Impressionist influence.[1]

Early life and training[edit]

Born in Milltown, Castleplunket, County Roscommon, Ireland,[1] O'Conor attended the Metropolitan School and Royal Hibernian Academy early in his career.[2] He studied at Ampleforth College, and like his classmate, Richard Moynan, travelled to Antwerp before moving to Paris to gain further experience.[3][4] While in France, he was influenced by the Impressionists.

Works and legacy[edit]

In 1892 O'Conor 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.[5]

Works in collections[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "Roderic O'Conor - Biography". Milmo-Penny Fine Art. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Roderic O'Conor Biography". Tate Institution. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Julian (1984). The Irish Impressionists, Irish Artists in France and Belgium 1850-1914. National Gallery of Ireland. ISBN 0-903162-17-2. 
  4. ^ "Irish Paris > Artists > Roderic O'Conor". 
  5. ^ "Landscape, Cassis by Roderic O'Conor". Sothebys. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jonathan Benington: Roderic O'Conor: a biography with a catalogue of his works. Irish Academic Press, Dublin 1992, ISBN 978-0-71652-492-2