SeÃ¡n Keating is best known for his romantic-realistic paintings from the Anglo-Irish War and the beginning of industrialization in Ireland. He started his studies at the Limerick Technical School before he was allowed to join the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, where he was active teaching from 1918-54. Spending most of his life in Ireland, he was elected President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1949 and held this position up to 1962. He was a very conservative painter and strictly against abstract Modern Art as he feared this kind of painting would bring about a decline in artistic standards. His early works were close to socialist realism and showed his sympathy for the militant Irish independence movement. Keatingâs leftist positions and a sense of social justice were reflected in his paintings. Nevertheless, he also produced religious works for the Church.
Mixed Painting, Paintings