Myra O’Reilly, a Limerick based artist, is a graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design. After graduating as a mature student in 1995, she went on to co-found an art and design school in Pery Square where she taught all aspects of drawing and painting. Over the next two decades Myra taught in various studios part time and worked in galleries, while continuing to paint and exhibit her own work in numerous shows in Ireland and abroad.
O’Reilly says: “This is one of a series of twenty paintings I made from studies of the women Jan Vermeer portrayed in his works. Overall, the sense I took from his portraits was of acquiescence and submission, being that the role of women was insubordinate to men, as dictated by 17th century norms. But hidden in that conformity was a strength that could only be glimpsed at if a person were to look long enough…I hoped to convey in this, through the underlying of layers on the face, that far from servitude and isolation, and in private, a woman could experience over and over again, another world, at each reading.”
Title: “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” Visiting Vermeer’s Women Series
Medium: Oils, Paper and Chalks on board
Dimensions: 39 x 49 cm