Taylor Galleries, Dublin, where purchased by the present owner in 1998
Dublin, Taylor Galleries, Human Images: Early and Recent Works on Paper, 1998
The legend of the Irish mythological hero Cúchulainn was to occupy stages of le Brocquy's career in various forms, from ink illustrations, tapestries and as in the present work, watercolour. In line with le Brocquy's treatment of the human figure in other works, he has an ethereal presence. Emerging from the white paper, with collage skilfully used to represent his shield, Cúchulainn's transient nature subtly examines the mythology itself.
The sheet appears sound, cockles slightly. Appears in very good condition overall.
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