LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916/2012), IRISH PAINTER – Painting stylized figures, in shallow space.

With a focus on capturing the 20th-century idea of the portrait.

In Dublin, you to can travel through time in Trinity College, where the Book of Kells wows (but every Dubliner knows the crown jewel in Trinity College is its Old Library). At the Hugh Lane gallery, you can gaze upon the sheer madness of Francis Bacon’s studio (brought over from London, the studio is a muddle of boxes, canvases and easels). It’s one of the most stunning commuter journeys in Europe: from Killiney Bay to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and stroll a few minutes to the West Pier’s seafood restaurants https://aqua.ie/

Before turning his focus to the ethnic group known as Irish Tinkers, his style was influenced by artists (such as Manet and Degas). His subjects into the Grey period “Family” paintings, have attracted attention on the international marketplace. He is acclaimed for his evocative portraits of fellow artists and literary figures (such as James Joyce and Francis Bacon). His work received many accolades, into a career that spanned seventy years of creativity. LOUIS LE BROCQUY was an Irish painter born in Dublin, into a November day. In 1956, he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale (winning the Premio Acquisito Internationale). In 1958, he participated in the exhibition Fifty Years of Modern Art at the Brussels World Fair.

Between 1950 and 1955, he created his “Gray Paintings” (characterized by stylized figures in shallow space) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgPhsH1vyw4 His oeuvre gradually evolved to include abstract paintings of the heads of famous people. These type of works were inspired by Celtic mythology (with a focus on capturing the 20th-century idea of the portrait), as distinct from the conventions that existed during Renaissance. In Ireland, LOUIS LE BROCQUY is honoured as the first and only painter to be included during his lifetime in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. His work is represented in numerous public collections. He died on a April day.

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