Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A.
- Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A.
- Fantail Pigeons
- signed and dated on the reverse: LE BROCQUY 84
- oil on canvas
Private collection, Dublin;
Adam's, Dublin, 5 December 2006, lot 59;
The present work, dated 1984, originates from le Brocquy’s home in France, Les Combes, where fantail pigeons also gathered. On pondering these new works, Le Brocquy said at the time: ‘Perhaps this is simply a temporary release from the heads and their rather intense reflective consciousness, their tragic aspect, a return to a simple state of being, emerging in its own nature, filling out its little volume of reality with the various natural possibilities of its form.’ The paintings, together with his still lifes, reveal the aesthetic and technical interests that occupied le Brocquy at various times and are no less ambitious than his major series. Yet they have a delightful vivacity and as Medb Ruane wrote: ‘they open a painterly space into the little incidents the world sometimes offers, chance encounters glimpsed if you’re willing to look.’