Evie Sydney Hone was one of Ireland
's most important artist
s. Born in 1894
, her role in the cubist movement
of western europe was crucial to the introduction of modern art
Her name is rarely mentioned in the same sentence without her counterpart and close friend Mainie Jellet
. Together they both studied under Albert Lhote
and Albert Gleizes
, and returned to Ireland to exhibit
their work, which was initally met with suspiscion by the public. This was probably due to the fact that their style was so different from the work of other Irish artists of the preceding era, such as Sir John Lavery
Hone was from a deeply religious background and this is reflected in the evolution of her work as she gradually made the transition from canvas to stained glass.
Although her cubist works are highly regarded, she will be best remembered for her glass works such as The Crucifiction (1948) and The Last Supper (1945).
Painted works by both Hone and Jellet are currently on display in the museum of modern art at the slick new millennium wing of the Irish national gallery. Well worth a visit if you're ever in Dublin.