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Lamb first visited Ireland in 1912. This
study was made in Gola, a tiny island
off the coast of Donegal, where he made many paintings of the Irish fishermen
and their wives. Lamb reported that 'the weather is hopelessly bad'. This work shows three of the islanders wrapped
up warm to protect themselves from
the Atlantic gales.

 

The bright colours and simplified forms reflect the influence of Gauguin. Lamb's paintings were shown alongside the
work of French artists in the Second
Post-Impressionist exhibition, organised
by Roger Fry at the Grafton Galleries
in London in 1912.

September 2004