Portrait of Elizabeth Bowen at Bowenscourt
His portrait of the writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) shows her standing probably at the head of the staircase at her family home, Bowen's Court, in north county Cork. Hennessy, whose painting style was based on a very sheer kind of illusionism, often with overtones of surrealism and magic realism, paints her as a handsome, rather severe looking woman. The cool colour palette and clarity of form are typical of much of his work. Hennessy captures Bowen's staunchness in keeping up her great house, presenting the social rather than creative side of her personality.
|Creator||Hennessy, Patrick (Search Europeana for this person)|
|Subject Terms||Painitng, oil on canvas|
|Provider||Irish Manuscripts Commission|