Known for his Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic work, Roderic O’Conor was born in 1860 in County Roscommon, Ireland. He initially attended Ampleforth, then the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Upon graduating, O’Conor travelled to Antwerp (where he studied at the Academe Royale des Beaux-Arts ), then Paris, where he was strongly influenced by the Impressionists. He later went to Pont Aven in Brittany, where he met Paul Gaugin in 1894, and worked in a group of like-minded artists. He left Pont Aven in 1895, but returned four years later and stayed for a further five, despite the absence of its founders, Gaugin and Bernard. In 1904 O’Conor moved to Paris, where he entered the somewhat artistically conservative Anglo-American circles. In 1933, O’Conor left Paris and moved to the Loire, along with his wife Renée, 34 years his junior.
At the beginning of his career, O’Conor tended to paint landscapes. These became interiors and still lifes as his work progressed.