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Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A.
STUDIES TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE
JUMP TO LOT
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Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A.
STUDIES TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE
JUMP TO LOT

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Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A.
1916-2012
STUDIES TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE
Quantity: 2
one signed with initials l.r.; the other signed and dated l.r.: LE BROCQUY 83
watercolour and crayon
each 58.5 by 43cm., 23 by 17in.
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Provenance

Maison Franco, Paris, where purchased by a private collector and thence by descent

Catalogue Note

I have never known Joyce, but am bound to him as a Dubliner. For it is said that no-one from that city can quite escape its microcosmic world, and I am no exception. Joyce is the apotheosis, the archetype of our kind and it seems to me that in him - behind the volatile arrangement of his features - lies his unique evocation of that small city, large as life and therefore poignant everywhere’ (Le Brocquy, Portrait Heads, exh cat., National Gallery of Ireland, 2006, p.62).

The present work belongs to le Brocquy's seminal portrait series concerned with revealing the inner spirit of prominent literary figures. le Brocquy produced around 120 studies of Joyce and these two portraits show different stages in the artist’s almost obsessive fascination with the novelist. He had meticulously studied Joyce's writings and photographed his bronze death mask in an attempt to aptly capture his subject. Using a synthesis of warm and cool tones, applied with sensitive handling of feathered brushstrokes, le Brocquy uniquely invokes the spirit of the writer.

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