Sean Keating

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 Sean Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation is an outstanding examination of Keating's seventy-year working life as an artist, art teacher, broadcaster and public commentator.  Based on extensive research and previously unavailable archival material, it is the first ever full-scale work on the artist, richly illustrated in colour, offering a complete, thematically based and well-balanced portrait.  This eagerly awaited volume from Eimear O'Connor explores Keating's career within the political, economic and solical conditions that prevailed in pre and post-Treaty Ireland.  O'Connor examines Keating's background, the networks of people he knew - Harry Clarke, WIlliam Orpen, Robert Flaherty, Noel Browne - the projects he engaged with, his political perspective and his sometimes self-destructive relationships with those whom he could not respect.