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Costuming in Seán Keating’s self-portraits: theatrical guise or political disguise?

Valérie Morisson

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L’œuvre du peintre irlandais Seán Keating (1889–1977) a accompagné l’affirmation d’une irlandité mêlant tradition et modernité. Dans cette perspective, les nombreux autoportraits de l’artiste peuvent être considérés comme un moyen d’incarner un idéal politique. Le recours au costume dans ses autoportraits mérite attention. En effet, Keating reprend une tradition picturale bien établie en se représentant de manière ludique en costume mais utilise le dispositif de manière plus politique. En revêtant le costume traditionnel des habitants des îles d’Aran ou bien en se portraiturant en habit traditionnel dans des compositions aux accents nationalistes, Keating incarne des idées politiques et affirme que la place de l’artiste est au cœur de la nation et de la société.

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Playing with identities: the costumed painter
Costume as ethnographic document
Political embodiment
Conclusion

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In her two volumes on Irish painter Seán Keating (1889–1977), Seán Keating, Art Politics and the Building of the Irish Nation and Seán Keating in Context: Responses to Culture and Politics in Post-War Ireland, Éimear O’Connor shows that while Keating “has been written in Irish history as the bulwark against modernism in Irish art”, it is worth reevaluating his career and artistic output. Keating is easily defined as a traditional academic painter whose works unreservedly celebrate the Irish nation. The beginning of his training and career as a painter in Dublin coincided with a period of intense political trouble: the Easter Rising (1916), the War of Independence (1919–1921) and the Civil War (1922–1923). The Dublin Metropolitan School of Art “provided an invigorating visual and literal embodiment of politics in general, and nationalism in particular”. Keating’s figurative scenes emblematize visual n...

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Valérie Morisson, « Costuming in Seán Keating’s self-portraits: theatrical guise or political disguise? », Études irlandaises [En ligne], 43-1 | 2018, mis en ligne le 30 mai 2020, consulté le 18 septembre 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/etudesirlandaises/5520 ; DOI : 10.4000/etudesirlandaises.5520

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Valérie Morisson

Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, TIL EA 4182. Valérie Morisson is a lecturer in English at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. Her research is on Irish contemporary art and its relation with post-nationalist culture. She investigates how political, social, and cultural evolutions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are reflected in visual culture (painting, sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography). Her articles focus on a wide range of subjects ranging from feminist art, the issue of memory and the commemoration of history, to post-nationalist revisionism and the Northern-Irish situation as reflected in art. Several of her articles tackle photography and performance art in both an Irish and a European perspective. Her recent research addresses wider artistic issues in both the Irish and the English domains such as the role of archives and field work in the creation process or the use of discarded materials and the reemergence of materiality in contemporary art.

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