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'In these days the £1 million barrier is increasingly seen as the surest test of an artist's international importance and it is a very rare event for a living painter to break it. Le Brocquy's achievement marks him out as one of the painters, like Freud and Hockney, who will come to symbolise this age'. Sotheby's, London, May 2000.
RECORD ACHIEVED BY PRIVATE TREATY
A FAMILY (1951), SOLD FOR 1,700,000 GBP - €2,786,885
A Family, 1951, oil/canvas. National Gallery of Ireland
1,700,000 GBP - €2,786,885
Le Brocquy's painting A Family, 1951, 147 x 185 cm, is the first work by a living artist ever to be acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland for its Permanenet Collection. Its acquisition for euro 2.75 million further underlines Louis le Brocquy's importance in the pantheon of art, setting a new record valuation for an living Irish artist. The former record was also held by the artist (£1.15 million sterling - euro 1.75 million) established at Sotheby's in 2000 for Tinker Woman with Newspaper, 1948
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'Keep an eye on Louis le Brocquy. He's one of the great painters of England [sic], just as good as Francis Bacon. One day his work will be invaluable...'
Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1900-1981), 'A man setting out to civilise Washington', Evening Standard (London, May 10, 1967).
Joseph H. Hirshhorn will bequest his collection of forty-two le Brocquy oils and rare sculptures to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
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SELECTED RESULTS SINCE 1989
Travelling Woman with Newspaper, 1947-48
Sotheby's, London, 18 May 2000
Sold £1.158,000 - €1.741, 722
Sick Tinker Child, 1946
Adam's & Sons, 5 December 2006
Image of Samuel Beckett, 1979
Sotheby's, London, 9 May 2007
Sold £400,800 - €590,576.87
Indoors outdoors, 1951
The Adam Salerooms, 1st June 1989
Sold IE £ 65,000 - 82,888.00 EUR