"Lily and Lolly"
"Lily and Lolly"
A tribute to Lily and Lolly Yeats
Lily and Lolly, ran an arts and craft enterprise, Cuala Press, from 1908 to 1940 in Ireland, but Elizabeth and Lily were chiefly known as the sisters of two famous brothers – the poet William Butler Yeats and the painter Jack Yeats. They lived in the shadow of their male siblings.
The material they produced was being sold in Ireland, the UK, the US.
The Cuala Press employed only women and produced handcrafted books, cards and prints that won glowing reviews at exhibitions in Paris, London, Chicago and elsewhere, seeding a romanticised image of Irishness that verged on propaganda. It was echoed in films such as The Quiet Man, a 1952 romantic comedy directed by John Ford that starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and tourism brochures showing ruddy people in scenic settings.
So the “weird sisters” – a fleeting, scornful reference in James Joyce’s Ulysses referring to them, were an extraordinary talented and independent women and they will always be remembered.
Information taken from The Guardian and a lovely book a friend lent me about wild Irish Women which I really recommend 😊
"Lily and Lolly
Acrylics on canvas board
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