1867 - 1935
writer, artist
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Wrote extensively under the pseudonym AE (1867-1935), b Lurgan, Co Armagh; painter, poet, agrarian reformer. Editor, first of the Irish Homestead (1905-23), and later of The Irish Statesman (1923-1930). Russell was one of the major figures of the Irish Literary Renaissance, becominga mentor to many younger writers. MacGreevy and AE's relationship seemed to be an antagonistic one, although their interaction was mostly professional regarding MacGreevy's submissions to The Irish Statesman. In 1932 Russell moved to England after becoming disillusioned with the Irish Free State. He died in Bournemouth three years later.
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
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daughter of WB Yeats
Betty Duncan
1893 - 1977
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b Dublin; daughter of Ellen and James Duncan. InNovember 1917 she married Douglas Goldring. Shortly afterwards they moved to London, where Goldring secured work with Lunn's Travel Agency. In 1924 she married Brian Lunn, and the couple moved to Paris. In 1929 the couple met Sava Popovitch, a Serbian painter, whom Betty fell in love with. After her divorce from Brian Lunn, she married Popovitch, and in 1930 the couple left for Belgrade. Popovitch died in Belgrade during the war. Betty remained there with her children until her death.
Brian Lunn
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(fl 1922-25) married Betty Goldring nee Duncan in
1924. M worked sporadically as a tour guide for the
Lunns from 1925 through 1930.
Ellen Duncan
1850 - 1939
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b Dublin. Educated at Alexandra College and the
Royal Academy of Music. She was a journalist writing
mainly on the plastic arts for publications such as
the Burlington Magazine and The Athenaeum. In 1907
she founded the United Arts Club, which was first
housed at Lincoln Chambers, and in 1920 moved to its
permanent home at Fitzwilliam Place. Duncan was also
the first curator of the Municipal Gallery at
Harcourt St, a post she left to go abroad early in
1922 when her husband James retired from the civil service.
Georges Braque
1882 - 1963
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French painter. Braque first apprenticed to his father who was a house painter. In 1900 he moved to Paris where he studied at the free Academe Humbert (1902-04). Braque was influenced by the Fauve painters, and later by the Cezanne Memorial Exhibition in 1907. Along with Picasso, he is one of the originators of Cubism, and introduced into Cubist paintings typography, as well as the decorator's techniques of wood-graining and marbling. He later developed various personal styles, such as white line drawings incised into blackened plaster plaques, a series of paintings of mantelpieces, pedestal tables, billiard tables, and birds. The still life remained Braque's principal theme from the Gueridon series (1927-30) to the Atelier series (1949-55).
George Yeats
1893 - 1968
artist, writer
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Born Bertha Georgie Hyde-Lees in Wrexham. Married WB Yeats in October 1917. In 1919 their first child Anne was born, and in 1921, their son Michael. By the early 1920s George Yeats was active in Cuala Industries and The Dublin Drama League. MacGreevy probably met George Yeats in 1919, and they remained friends until MacGreevy's death in 1967.
Igor Stravinsky
1882 - 1971
James Duncan
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Abbey Theatre
James Joyce
1882 - 1941
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b Dublin. Irish novelist. Educated at Clongowes
Wood, Belvedere College and University College
Dublin. After two unsuccessful attempts to live in
Paris, Joyce emigrated there in October 1904 with
Nora Barnacle, whom he had met the previous June.
The teaching Joyce hoped to secure in Paris was not
forthcoming, and the couple went to Trieste, where
Joyce secured a post. The couple spent the next ten
years in Trieste. During that time Joyce wrote
Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
It was in Trieste that Nora gave birth to their two
children, Giorgio in 1905, and Lucia in 1907. Joyce
began Ulysses in March 1914, and in June 1915 the
Joyce family moved to Z?rich, transferring to Paris
in July 1920. In February 1922 Ulysses was published
by Sylvia Beach, and that Autumn Joyce began to
compile notes for a new book, ultimately published
(after being serialised in various avant garde
publications) in 1939 as Finnegans Wake. MacGreevy
met Joyce in 1924 on his first trip to Paris through
the painter Patrick Tuohy. In 1927, when MacGreevy
took up the position of lecteur d'anglais at the
Ecole Normale in Paris, he resumed contact with
Joyce who soon had him assisting with Finnegans
Wake. MacGreevy was an intimate of the entire Joyce
family, dining out frequently with Nora and Joyce,
attending Joyce's birthday celebrations, the
Dejeuner Ulysse in 1929, and acting as best man at
Giorgio's wedding to Helen Fleischman in 1930.
MacGreevy was invited to contribute an article on
Joyce for Our Exagmination Round His Factification
for Incamination of Work in Progress (1929) and
wrote at least one letter to the editor of The Irish
Statesman (1929) defending Anna Livia Plurabelle.
MacGreevy also introduced Beckett to Joyce when
Beckett arrived in Paris in November 1928.
MacGreevy's contact with Joyce while the two resided
in Paris was intense, but after MacGreevy left Paris
in the early 1930s, they seemed to have had little
further contact.
Jean Cocteau
1889 - 1963
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Lady Ottoline Morrell
1873 - 1938
society figure
Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
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(1881-1973) Spanish painter, sculptor, stage designer, ceramist, and expatriate; Picasso?s artistic career can be divided into a series of overlapping periods, the first of which was the Blue Period (1901-1904). Prompted by the death of his friend Carles Casagemas, Picasso depicted the somber world of the poor, including works such as "Crouching Woman," (1902) and "Old Jew and a Boy," (1903). He then entered into the Rose Period (1904-1906), with subject matter often drawn from circus life. Picasso also took a prominent role in the creation of the Cubism movement. His famous piece, ?Les Demoiselles d?Avignon? (1907) ushered in the ?analytic? phase of Cubism, a style that was influenced by African mask carvings and dominated by a monochromatic palette. A later ?synthetic? phase included larger, more representational forms, as is seen in ?The Three Musicians? (1921) and ?Guernaca? (1937). During World War I, Picasso became involved in set design for a theatrical production called ?Parade.? He also ventured into the world of Surrealism, painting erotic human forms and classical beasts. During his lifetime, Picasso engaged in series of failed love affairs, fathering several illegitimate children before he married Jacqueline Roque in 1961.
Samuel Beckett
1906 - 1989
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b Foxrock, Co Dublin; novelist, dramatist and poet. Educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillenand at Trinity College, Dublin where he was a Foundation Scholar. In November 1928 Beckett arrived in Paris to take up the position of lecteur d'anglais at the Ecole Normale Sup?rieure, a post previously held by MacGreevy. Beckett probably met MacGreevy during his first days in Paris, and through MacGreevy was introduced to James Joyce, Charles Prentice, Richard Aldington, and others. Although the two men rarely resided in the same city at the same time after 1930, MacGreevy and Beckett's friendship was particularly close up to the time ofthe Second World War, as the tens of letters by Beckett to MacGreevy, now deposited at Trinity College Dublin, testify. Through the result of MacGreevy's introduction of Beckett to Joyce, Beckett was asked to submit an essay to the apologia for Finnegans Wake, Our Exagmination Round HisFactification for Incamination of Work in Progress (1929); after encouragement from MacGreevy Beckett submitted Whoroscope to the Hours Press competition adjudicated by Aldington (who had not met Beckett up to this point), which he won; and through an introduction by MacGreevy, Beckett's monograph Proust was published by Chatto & Windus (1931).In 1934 Beckett reviewed MacGreevy's Poems, and regularly sent MacGreevy his own work for comment. After the war MacGreevy's and Beckett's correspondence resumed, but the friendship never regained the momentum it had before the war.
Thomas MacGreevy
1893 - 1967
critic, museum director, writer
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Poet, literary and art critic, and administrator. Born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, into a family of farmers and schoolteachers; educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied politics and history.He is best known for his strikingly original modernist poetry and for being one of the art critics who championed Irish modernist art and artists between the wars.

He was a prolific writer, publishing more than 350 articles, seven monographs, and a collection of poetry, Poems (1934). He was director of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1950-1963.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Ireland
T S Eliot
1888 - 1965
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b St Louis; poet, playwright and critic. Eliot moved to London in 1914 and resided there until his death, becoming a British subject in 1927. MacGreevy met Eliot in May 1925 through a letter of introduction from WB Yeats. Eliot was generous to MacGreevy, taking articles and book reviews regularly from him for The Criterion from 1925-27, and again in 1934, as well as being one of the first to publish his poetry. The two men formed a professional relationship which bordered on the personal. Eliot was very supportive of MacGreevy, writing several letters of introduction for him for various job opportunities. MacGreevy was also one of the earliest critics of Eliot's poetry when in 1931 Chatto & Windus published his monograph TS Eliot. MacGreevy and Eliot's relationship cooled between 1928-32 when MacGreevy's friendship with Richard Aldington was at its peak, as Aldington's dislike for Eliot seemed to have rubbed off on MacGreevy.
WB Yeats
1865 - 1939
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Born William Butler Yeats in Sandymount, Dublin; poet, playwright, and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Brother of painter, Jack B. Yeats. In 1886 'Mosada: A Dramatic Poem' was published, and two years later 'Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland' and 'Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.' Yeats's interest in theatre began in the early 1890s, coinciding with his interest in Irish legends and his studies of the occult. By Yeats's mid-thirties, his reputation as a poet was firmly established, not only in Ireland, but in England and the United States. By the time MacGreevy met Yeats, perhaps as early as 1919, Yeats was at the height of his powers. MacGreevy soon became an intimate of the Yeats family, often calling into their house on Merrion Square in the evenings. It is not clear why his friendship with the Yeatses cooled in the 1930s, and by the time he moved back to Dublin in 1941, renewing his friendship with George Yeats, WB Yeats had died.
William Michael Yeats
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Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats
Wyndham Lewis
1882 - 1957
writer, artist
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English painter and writer. He first attracted attention before World War I as the Founder of a school of painting called Vorticism. He edited two issues of the Vorticist review Blast (1914-15), which published Ezra Pound's"vorticist manifesto" that promoted a return to classicism in the arts, and rejected trends towards romanticism. His novels and critical writings were radical attacks on contemporary art and society. He served in World War I and was notorious during 1930s for his fascist views but later recanted. He was the art critic for The Listener (1946-51). His paintings included Surrender of Barcelona (1937) and portraits of Dame Edith Sitwell (1935), T.S. Eliot (1938), Ezra Pound (1939). His books included novels Tarr (1918), The Apes of God (1930) and The Revenge for Love (1937). He also published Poems (1933) and several collections of short stories.