A Quaint couple

A Quaint coupleIn this portrait of a man and woman from the Aran Islands the physical interdependence of the couple, as a result of a hard life, is implied in the way they sit, resolutely side by side, while the islanders dependence on the sea is emphasised by the low horizon. The picturesque, earthy tones and soft lines of the couples beautiful home-spun and locally produced clothes would clearly have attracted Lamb in their marked contrast to the dark colours, sharp lines and hard fabrics of contemporary urban dress. In recording this couple as heroic peasants, Lamb sets out to mark the difference between rural and urban, between then and now, and between an Irish culture and one with English, European and even American influences.

CreatorLamb, Charles (Search Europeana for this person)
CollectionCrawford Gallery
Timespan20th century
LocationAran Isalnds, Ireland
Repository Pagehttps://www.europeana.eu/item/15410/074282FC39700900BEB4CD9C...
Web Pagehttp://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/pages/paintings/CharlesLamb...
Subject TermsPainitng, oil on canvas
ProviderIrish Manuscripts Commission