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Om William Orpen: 109 Masterpieces
This Art Book with Foreword by Maria Tsaneva contains 96 selected reproductions of paintings from Sir William Orpen. William Orpen was an Irish portrait painter, who worked mostly in London. He was also a war artist and a fine draughtsman. For his war paintings, Orpen was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 King's birthday honors list. He was elected a Royal Academician, member of the Royal Academy of Arts, in 1919. Orpen was involved in the "Celtic revival" in Ireland and took part in the attempt there to find a visual counterpart to the birth of new national literary language. Although his studio was in London, he spent time in Ireland painting; he was a friend of Hugh Lane and influenced the Irish realist painters, like Sean Keating, who were beginning their careers at that time. Having completed some 600 portraits, and published his wartime memoirs as "An Onlooker in France", Sir William Orpen died aged 53 in London.