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Louis le Brocquy CUCHULAINN VII
Lot 142
Price Realised: €32,000
Estimate: €30,000 - €50,000
Louis le Brocquy HRHA, 1916-2012 CUCHULAINN VII Aubusson tapestry by Renee Duche, 71" x 71" (180 x 180cm), ed.1/9, signed, inscribed label verso. The theme of the Tain, the early Irish epic translated by the poet Thomas Kinsella in 1969... Read more
Lot 142 - CUCHULAINN VII by Louis le Brocquy Lot 142 Louis le Brocquy CUCHULAINN VII
Estimate: €30,000 - €50,000
Louis le Brocquy HRHA, 1916-2012
CUCHULAINN VII

Aubusson tapestry by Renee Duche, 71" x 71" (180 x 180cm), ed.1/9, signed, inscribed label verso.

The theme of the Tain, the early Irish epic translated by the poet Thomas Kinsella in 1969 and for which le Brocquy was commissioned to provide the accompanying black brush drawings, inspired in the artist a fresh surge of creativity in the realm of tapestry.  The word 'Tain' means 'hosting' or gathering of a large crowd for a raid and provided the theme for a number of tapestries designed by the artist.  The surface of the tapestry is covered in irregular, oval heads, all with minute irregular 'features' and all facing the spectator.  Each head exists as a single entity and does not relate to its neighbour.  There is no order, no ranking, yet some inherent, instinctive force holds them together.

In 1970 P.J. Carroll and Co. through their architects Scott Tallon Walker commissioned the first 'Tain' tapestry from leBrocquy for the foyer of their Dundalk factory.  "In this tapestry I have tried to produce a sort of group or mass emergence of human presence, features uncertain - merely shadowed blobs or patches - but vaguely analogous perhaps in terms of woven colour to be weathered, enduring stone boss-heads of Clonfert or Entremont - or of Dysert O'Dea…"  "each individual head is conscious only of the viewer vertically facing it.  This is the secret of their mass regard.  Each head is self-contained, finally a lump of presence.  No exchange or incident takes place between their multiplied features".

All of the Tain tapestries were woven in Aubusson, and in them the artist contrived a masterly conjunction between the narrative content of the epic, his own and the ancient Celtic concern of the head image and the visual architectural demands of a large modern wall hanging.'
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