Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) was a leader in the post-impressionist movement, well known for his individual style and use of bold colours. Born in Roscommon, Ireland he trained at the Dublin Metropolitan School and the Royal Hibernian Academy before travelling to Antwerp and then to Paris pursuing further study.
It was in Pont-Aven in Brittany that he found influence from a number of impressionist artists, most notably Paul Gauguin, a Post-Impressionist whom he befriended. The company he kept and living in Pont-Aven greatly impacted his work. It was during this time he developed his method of colouring in parallel stripes, a practice which became known as the zebriste technique.
O’Conor exhibited at le Barc de Boutteville and served as joint Vice President of the Salon d’Automne. Whilst during his lifetime not much of his work was sold, after his wife’s death in 1955 a studio auction was held that contained many of his paintings and from then they have been highly coveted.