• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 119

    Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A. (b. 1916)

    Study towards an image of James Joyce

    Price Realised  

    Louis le Brocquy, H.R.H.A. (b. 1916)
    Study towards an image of James Joyce
    charcoal and coloured chalk on paper
    9 x 7 in. (22.9 x 17.8 cm.)
    Executed in 1977.


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    Louis le Brocquy painted portraits of James Joyce on many occasions betwen 1977 and 1995. Le Brocquy comments 'To attempt today a portrait, a single static image of a great artist such as Joyce, appears to me to be futile as well as impertinent. Long conditioned by photography, the cinema and psychology, we now perceive the human individual as facetted, kinetic. And so I have tried as objectively as possible to draw from the depths of paper or canvas these changing and even contradictory traces of the man' (see Exhibition catalogue, Louis le Brocquy, Studies towards an image of James Joyce, Genova, 1977, intro.).

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    Provenance

    Purchased by the present owner at the Gimpel Fils London exhibition, 17 April 1978.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the work is signed and numbered on the reverse.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE OLGA DAVENPORT


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Louis le Brocquy: Studies towards an image of James Joyce, Galleria d'Arte San Marco dei Giustiniani and tour, 1977 - 1978, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Genova, Galleria d'Arte San Marco dei Giustiniani, Louis le Brocquy: Studies towards an image of James Joyce, November - December 1977, no. 15: this exhibition travelled to Zurich, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, January - February 1978; London, Gimpel Fils, March - April 1978; Belfast, The Arts Council Gallery, May 1978; Dublin, The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, June - July 1978; New York, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, September - October 1978; London, Waddington Galleries, November 1978; and Toronto, Waddington Galleries, December 1978.