Une Nature Morte à la Mode Irlandaise 1974
© By Michael Farrell
In 1969 Farrell had begun working on his Pressé Politique Series, the title derived from the French drink citron pressé. His initial response was to adapt the Pressé series, changing the colour so that the juice which flowed out from the two pestles represented blood.
The Dublin and Monaghan bombings by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) on 17th May 1974 resulted in the deaths of twenty-six people. Many more were severely injured. Farrell traveled to Dublin and bought the three national daily newspapers which carried reports of the bombings. He had these photographed, made onto silkscreen and brought them back to Paris where he used them as a collage in his new Pressé Politique works. This was a technique which had been used extensively by Robert Rauschenberg whom Farrell had met during his time in New York in 1968.
Acrylic on paper on board and acrylic on wood
DIMENSIONS72.85 x 73 cm
Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Une Nature à la Mode Irlandaise, 1974, Michael Farrell, Acrylic on paper on board and acrylic on wood, 72.85 x 73cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005.