Property from the Collection of Sir Michael Smurfit
LOUIS LE BROCQUY, H.R.H.A.
TRAVELLING WOMAN WITH NEWSPAPER
signed l.l.: LE BROCQUY; also signed, inscribed and dated on the reverse: THE LAST TINKER/ LOUIS LE BROCQUY/ 1947-48; further signed on the stretcher
oil on board
115cm by 83cm., 45 by 32¾in.
Painted in 1947-48.
The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd.
UNCONDITIONAL AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE
The artist's board which has a five member wooden framework attached to the reverse is
providing a stable structural support. The work is securely held within its glazed framing
arrangement. The work was not removed from its frame for the purposes of this report.
The paint surface has the artist's original surface appearance with glossy and matt passages.
There is a diagonal scratch with some associated minor paint losses within the green paint
above the figure's right shoulder. The paint surface displays an area of raised craquelure with some associated minor paint instability and tiny losses within the green and orange paint above the figure's right shoulder, a
few tiny losses on her shoulder, and some further minor instability and tiny losses within the
grey paint above the figure's right forearm.
I could find no evidence of any retouching under ultraviolet light.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good condition.
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The Artist, until 1985;
Sotheby's, London, 18 May 2000, lot 158
Herbert Read, Twaalf Britse Schilders, exhibition catalogue, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1949, p.62, illustrated;
Dorothy Walker, Louis le Brocquy, Ward Rover Press, Dublin, 1981, pp.10-11, 22, 23, 75, pl.4, illustrated in colour;
Serge Fauchereau, Louis le Brocquy (exh. cat.), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, 1982;
Anne Madden, Louis le Brocquy, Seeing his Way, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1994, pp.75, 77-78, 81, 85, 257, illustrated in colour;
Alistair Smith, Louis le Brocquy, Paintings, 1939-1996, (exh. cat.), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 1996, pp.14, 25, 79, illustrated in colour;
Yvonne Scott, Louis le Brocquy Allegory and Legend, (exh. cat.), Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2006, p.18
Dublin, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1947;
London, Leicester Galleries, Louis le Brocquy, 1948;
Paris, Salon de Mai, 1949;
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Twaalf Britse Schilders (12 British Painters), 1949, British Council exhibition with tour to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg;
Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Cultural Relations Committee of Ireland, Contemporary Irish Art, 1953;
Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Louis le Brocquy, A Retrospective of Oil Paintings 1939-1966, 1966-67, with tour to Ulster Museum, Belfast;
Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Louis le Brocquy, 1982;
Toulouse, ENSICA, Salon des Arts de l'Air at de l'Espace, 1988;
M.E.O., Ibaraki, Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto Museums of Art, Early Masterpieces of Great European Artists, 1991;
Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, The le Brocquy Room, 1992;
Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Louis le Brocquy, Paintings 1939-1996, 1996, no.11;
Limerick, The Hunt Museum, Louis le Brocquy: Allegory & Legend, 16 June - 24 September 2006 (illustrated in exh. cat. p.55)