MARDI GRAS
May Guinness  b. Tibradden, Co Dublin 1863 d. Tibradden, Co Dublin 1955
Mardi Gras by May Guinness
© Estate of May Guinness, Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 91 x 73 cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0012
Provenance: Presented by Mrs. Merrick Lloyd, the artist’s executrix, 1957.

Signed, bottom right: M. Guinness.

Mary Catherine (May) Guinness was born in Dublin in 1863 and lived all her life in Tibradden, Co. Dublin. She studied in Paris under Van Dongen and later under André Lhote. For over 20 years, she spent a few months every year in Paris. During WWI, she served as a nurse in the French army and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery.

May Guinness exhibited with the Dublin Painters, at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA), the Water Colour Society of Ireland (WSCI) as well as in Paris and at many solo exhibitions.

"Mardi Gras" is an example of the delightfully lyrical quality of some of her later work. She was still painting in her 80s. She died at the age of 92.


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