Sisters of Charity Federation Archives

Convent Kitchen

Item

Seton Hill Irvin_Sr Mary Francis_Convent Kitchen.jpeg

Dublin Core

Title

Convent Kitchen

Subject

Women religious
Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
Sister Mary Francis Irvin, SC
Religious life and customs

Description

Sister Mary Francis Irvin, a Sister of Charity of Seton Hill, was a dedicated religious,
inspiring teacher, and gifted artist. While attending the Carnegie Institute of Technology during World War II, Sr. Mary Francis completed a precisionist-style painting entitled “Convent Kitchen.” The piece would go on to win second place in the 1943 Pittsburgh Associated Artists exhibition. “Convent Kitchen” not only reveals the hard work and comradery of women religious, but the painting’s style and perspective reinforce the subject’s simplicity in life and the idea of subjection of the individual identity for the good of the whole in community life. Conversely, the subject of women religious shelling peas is a juxtaposition to the more industrial precisionist paintings of the 1920s and 30s. In a continuation of the story, “Convent Kitchen” inspired a great benefactor of Sr. Mary Francis, helping to further her career as an artist.

Creator

Sister Mary Francis Irvin

Source

Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill

Publisher

N/A

Date

1943

Contributor

N/A

Rights

Courtesy of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. For permission for use or reproduction, please contact the Archivist at cbowser@scsh.org.

Relation

N/A

Format

Oil on canvas

Language

English

Type

Painting

Identifier

SMF_Irvin_01

Coverage

N/A

Citation

Sister Mary Francis Irvin, “Convent Kitchen,” Sisters of Charity Federation Archives, accessed April 24, 2024, https://scfederationarchives.org/items/show/172.

Comments

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