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Irish-German Perspectives through Etching

Author(s): Gerhardt Gallagher, Gisela Holfter and Mícheál Ó hAodha
Subject: Irish Studies

Book Description

When artist Gerhardt Gallagher came across a series of etchings by his German grandmother Margarethe, it launched a sequence of events, which led to an exhibition and then this book. Magarethe’s artistic career had been severely disrupted by two wars and Gerhardt conceived a project, which would allow Margarethe’s works to be exhibited in Ireland along with his own. Gisela Holfter of the Centre for Irish-German Studies in the University of Limerick, when approached, supported the project enthusiastically and when Micheal O’Haodha of the Glucksman Library saw the works hanging there he thought them worthy of publication. Together they created this volume connecting Irish and German cultures through the work of two artists, a family history and the artistic links between both countries.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2636-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2636-7
Date of Publication: 01/01/2011
Pages / Size: 120 / A5
Price: £44.99


Gerhardt Gallagher is a painter of Irish-German parentage living in Dublin. While largely self taught, he studied art at the Waterford Technical School and NCAD, and printing at NCAD, Blackchurch, and Airfield Print Studios. He has had fifteen one and two person exhibitions and has taken part in numerous group gallery and open exhibitions. His work ranges from stylised figurative to landscape watercolours, oils and etchings. Influences include his German grandmother’s work, modern Irish and classical European painters, and the Irish landscape as well as a parallel career in Forestry.

Dr Gisela Holfter is a Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, Ireland. She has published many books and articles and is Joint Director of the Centre for Irish-German Studies.

Dr Mícheál Ó hAodha lectures in the Department of History, University of Limerick, Ireland. He has written and edited many books including “The Turn of the Hand”: A Memoir from the Irish Margins (with Mary Ward, 2010). Between 2006 and 2008 he was an AHRC scholar in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester.