Kevin, O'Connor

Harry Kernoff: The Little Genius


New, Liffey Press, 2021,


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This revised paperback edition of Harry Kernoff: The Little Genius updates the first full-length biography of one of Ireland’s leading artists. Born in London, Harry Kernoff moved to Dublin in 1914 and from 1923 until his death in 1974 was a full-time artist when it was neither “profitable nor fashionable”. Against the odds, Harry Kernoff has left a more encompassing visual record of the Irish experience during the twentieth century than any contemporary painter through his empathic interest in the ordinary people, and especially rank-and-file Dubliners.Kevin O’Connor provides a revealing look at an extraordinary artist, emphasising Kernoff’s humanity, his art and his prolific output.Artist and writer John Ryan says that Kernoff “issued a continuous flow of paintings of the great, the curious, the famous and the notorious…. No metropolis was ever better served by a graphic recorder: He is our Boswell in paint.”

The value of Kernoff’s work has risen dramatically in recent years, as has his reputation. This lavishly illustrated paperback edition is a fitting tribute to an exceptional artist.”…fans of Kernoff, old and new, will be delighted to see his work gathered in one place and in such a beautifully produced volume.” – Katrina Goldstone, The Irish Times

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