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Frank O'Meara

Frank O'Meara was born in Carlow on 30th March, 1853. He was one of the most famous Irish artists that painted in the 'Plein-Air' style. 'Plein-Air' means 'open air', so these artists painted outside. It was important to them to work in natural light.

O'Meara moved to Paris to study art in the early 1870s. He studied at the studio of Carolus-Duran.It was here that he became friends with the famous American portrait artist John Singer Sargent.

He later went to the Grez-sur-Loing, just south of Paris. Many art students lived there at this time.

O'Meara was known as a very slow painter. Usually, he would only paint about three pictures a year.