Boulders Off the West

E. Grace Mitchell Henry


E. Grace Mitchell Henry (1868-1953), Boulders Off the West, ca. 1911–15?, oil on canvas. Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. Gift of the Donald and Marilyn Keough Foundation, 2019.001.005. © Estate of E. Grace Mitchell Henry / ARS New York, NY


Born in Scotland and trained in Brussels and Paris, Grace Henry painted this landscape while living in the Achill Islands with her husband and fellow painter Paul Henry.

For an in-depth look at Boulders off the West, along with the 19 other Irish paintings in the The Donald and Marilyn Keough Collection of Irish Art, please see the catalogue of the Donald and Marilyn Keough Foundation Gift, edited by Cheryl K. Snay, Ph.D., Curator of European Art, published by the Snite Museum of Art in 2019.

In our Irish Art—Amplified Initiative, Mr. Marty Fahey, the curator of the O'Brien Collection of Irish Art, pairs Grace Henry's Boulders off the West with a piece called "The Rolling Wave" by The Gloaming.

He says:

"Even though the title of Henry's painting contains the word 'boulders,' I am taken instead by the wavestheir nature, beauty, power, majesty . . . by their sound . . . by their incessance. It is the waves (and the sky) which give this painting its life and spirit. Here is one option that captures those qualities for me. I am sure that there are others."

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