Latest Love: Louis le Brocquy

Louis le Brocquy, Army massing, 1969 lithograph on Swiftbrook paper

Though an admirer of Louis le Brocquy’s paintings, I had never before come across the artist’s print-work. Throughout his life, le Brocquy collaborated with a number of Irish writers, including his friends Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. After happening upon one of the artist’s most notable collaborations, le Brocquy’s lithographic brush drawings for Thomas Kinsella’s The Táin of 1969, I was immediately taken with the beautifully simplistic and calligraphic forms. The Táin includes one hundred and thirty-three black and white drawings detailing Ireland’s proto-historic past, printed on Swiftbrook Paper Mills, Co., reproduced by line block, printed by Dolmen Press, Dublin, limited edition of 1,750 copies.

Louis le Brocquy, Macha pleading, 1969 lithograph on Swiftbrook paper

Louis le Brocquy, Death of Fraech, 196 lithograph on Swiftbrook paper

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