23 July – 18 November. The National Gallery of Ireland pays tribute to the London painter, printmaker and pictorial satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764) with an exhibition featuring four paintings and 10 prints.
The 18th-century artist's practice was diverse and ranged from realistic portraiture to engraving to comic strip-like cartoons. The works on show in Dublin illustrate life's ups and downs, playing on moral themes and pulling no punches in their depiction of graphic realism.
The prints come from a variety of celebrated collections such as The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751), The Harlot’s Progress (1732) and The Rake’s Progress (1735). The gritty subject matter of Hogarth's prints is contrasted with his paintings of idyllic family scenes.
Mon-Sat 09.30-17.30. Thu 09.30-20.30. Sun 12.00-17.30.
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Real Life? Hogarth’s Images of Love, Death and Family
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square/Clare St, tel. +353(0)16615133.