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Patrick Tuohy

1894-1930 Ireland/Portraitist-Gerne

 

Brief Biography-Patrick Tuohy was born in North Frederick Street, Dublin, in 1894. His father, a doctor, was disappointed that his son was born with deformed fingers on his left hand and could not be a surgeon; however, at the age of twelve, he began to show his talents at oil painting when holidaying in Wicklow. Tuohy later studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and became a disciple of William Orpen. He first exhibited in 1911 and won the Taylor award in 1915. He spent the Easter rising as a volunteer in the GPO, after which his father, who was also there, helped him escape and arranged for him to go to Spain.
In Spain he taught at the Colegio de Las Madres Irlandesas in Madrid. He spent his free time in the Prado, studying masters such as Murillo and Zurbarán. Velázquez influenced him the most and El Greco to a lesser degree. He returned from Madrid in late 1917.
In Dublin, the nuns of Loretto commissioned an altarpiece from him, and Tuohy started to exhibit his works at the RHA. He visited Italy and painted James Joyce in Paris along with his family. Tuohy spent the years 1923 to 1927 in Dublin teaching and completing commissions.
In 1927 he went to South Carolina, where he argued with sitters about the state of the union and fell into depression. Then, in New York, he fared better and found agreeable company and circumstances. Finally, however, after a trip to Dublin for a short stay, his mental state deteriorated somewhat back in New York. In 1930 he was found dead at his gas-filled apartment, where he had been lying for a week. Tuohy was only thirty-six and had he lived to old age, he may have equalled the foremost masters of Europe in his time.

 

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James
Joyce

James Joyce

Bad
News

Bad News

Still
Life Rubia

Still Life Rubia

James
Stephens

James Stephens

Priest by
Stained Glass

Priest by Syained Glass window

Archbishop
William Walsh

Archbishop William Walsh

John Stanislaus
Joyce

John Stanislaus Joyce

Mabel
Noyk

Mabel Noyk

Shelbourne
Hotel 1912

The Shelbourne Hotel 1912

Brittas Bay
Wicklow 1914

Brittas Bay Wicklow 1914

Moorish
Woman

Moorish Woman

Mary
Magdalene

Mary Magdalene at the Feet of Christ

Mayo
Peasant Boy

Mayo Peasant Boy

Miss
Mary Challinor

Miss Mary Chakkinor

Mrs Frederick
R Childs

Mrs Frederick R Childs

Saint
Brigid

Saint Brigid

The Honourable
Biddy Cambell

The Honourable Biddy Cambell

Self Portrait and
two Girlfriends

Self Portrait and Two Girlfriends

Standing
Female

Standing Female

Stella
Steyn

Stella Steyn

Super
Time

Super Time

Seated
Woman

Seated Woman

A Wiklow
River

A Wiklow River

The Striped
Dress

The Girl in the Striped Dress

The
Model

The Model

Girl with
Long Hair

Girl with Long Hair

The Christ Child
in Nazareth

The Christ Child in Nazareth

The Little
Seamstress

The Little Seamstress

Vase of Flowers
With Orange

Vase of Flowers With Orange

The Wicklow
Labourer

The Wicklow Labourer

The Lance
Trust

The Lance Trust

May
Power

May Power