Adam's IMPORTANT IRISH ART 8th December 2021

72 49 CAMILLE SOUTER HRHA (b.1929) Untitled Oil on newspaper, 37 x 27cm (14½ x 10½’’) Signed, inscribed ‘Dublin’ and dated (19)’57 Provenance: Collection of Dr. Michael Scott, Dublin; With The Frederick Gallery, Dublin, December 2001; Private Collection, Dublin. Literature: Garrett Cormican, ‘Camille Souter - The Mirror on the Sea’, illustrated p.227. € 7,000 - 10,000 Largely self-taught, Camille Souter’s earlier work shows the influence of Abstract Expres- sionism, particularly the strong, emotive calligraphic styles of Klee and Pollock. In 1956/57 she had her first solo shows in Dublin restaurants and London galleries. The present unti- tled work dates from about this time and its energetic abstraction is something she carried through her work while in Italy and beyond, the newspaper as support becoming an integral part of the composition. Having won an Italian Government Scholarship in 1958 she worked in Italy before returning to Ireland and Achill the following year, where, partly through lack of money she began to use unusual types of paint such as aluminium bicycle paint. There, her painting moved away from the excitement and experiments of Abstract Expressionism and resolved into a quieter quasi-Impressionist mode of landscape painting.