Jennifer's post over at Art & Lair just reminded me how stunning the work of Louis le Brocquy is. I was first introduced to him by a dear Irish friend and I was instantly in love.
le Brocquy was born in Dublin in 1916 and remarkably is still alive. He is unique among artists as one of the few to command prices in excess of one million dollars while still alive. His over seventy year career has seen many changes in style and approach, but his Ancestral Heads series is my favorite; he painted ghostly images of the poet, Fredrico Garcia Lorca, the playwright Samuel Beckett, modernist James Joyce (see above, images from here) and others like the painter Francis Bacon, in such a painterly, subtle, yet reverent way. I think of them as wonderful homages to other Irish luminaries.