Returning Islanders

Returning IslandersIn this painting, the islanders, having been landed by currach on the shore of their island, gather their belongings and begin to make their way across the rocks, to the white cottages in the distance. In the foreground a roofless cottage presages the fate of many of these islands, where the population gradually dwindled, until in the 1960´s and 70´s, the remaining inhabitants were resettled on the mainland, leaving the islands uninhabited. As in so many of his paintings, Dillon creates both a vivid image of everyday life in the West of Ireland, but also an emotionally charged image of people´s struggle to keep going, even when faced with great difficulties of travel and subsistence.

CreatorDillon, Gerard (Search Europeana for this person)
CollectionCrawford Gallery
Timespan20th century
LocationAran Isalnds, Ireland
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Subject TermsPainting
ProviderIrish Manuscripts Commission