Irish Artist Directory

May Guinness (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: May Guinness

Lived: 1863 - 1955

Categories: Fauvism, Cubism, Watercolour

Artist Biography

Dublin born artist May Guinness began a long association with the Water Colour Society of Ireland in 1892. Just two years after she began exhibiting there she moved to Newlyn, Cornwall, for a period with Mildred Ann Butler where she studied under Norman Garstin. Guinness broadened her horizons further in 1902 when she visited Florence to make sketches, and later made trips to Brittany where she painted Plein Air during the summer, spending winters studying under Andre Lhote in Paris, where she had a solo show at Galerie Visconti in 1925.

During World War II Guinness worked as a nurse for the French Army, and for which she was awarded the Croix de Guerre. When the war ended she was again in a position to focus her attention on painting, and had a solo show at Victor Waddington Galleries in Dublin in 1946. Guinness began exhibiting with the RHA in 1897 and continued to do so until 1911, when an unspecified dispute meant that she refused to exhibit there in subsequent years. A retrospective was held the year after her death at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin. 

Currently On Sale at Adam's

Lot 46

May Guinness (1863-1955) Portrait of a Woman Oil on canvas, ...

Estimate Price €5,000.00 - €8,000.00

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May Guinness Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

May Guinness, RHA (1863 - 1955) On the Seine Oil on board, 23 x 32cm (9 x 12.5'') Signed

Hammer Price €9,200.00

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May Guinness RHA (1863-1955) Breton Ladies Oil on panel, 18.5 x 24cm (7.25 x 9.5'') Signed with m...

Hammer Price €4,400.00

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May Guinness (1863-1955) At the Piano Pencil, watercolour, gouache and oil on paper, 35 x 25cm (...

Hammer Price €3,200.00

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May Guinness RHA (1863-1955) Boats in Harbour Watercolour, 29 x 22cm (11½ x 8¾'') Signed

Hammer Price €1,400.00

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ATTRIBUTED TO MAY GUINNESS RHA (1863 - 1955) Parisian scenes, including Jardin des Tuileries, etc...

Hammer Price €1,000.00

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