Belfast Telegraph

Le Brocquy work for sale at auction

An early masterpiece by the late legendary Irish artist Louis Le Brocquy is expected to fetch half a million euro at auction next week.

The work Indoors, Outdoors was painted in 1951 and inspired his monumental piece The Family, which hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Le Brocquy died last month at the age of 95.

The painting, which once belonged to Hollywood actress Dana Wynter, will go under the hammer at the Important Irish Art Auction at Adam's on Wednesday, where it is estimated at 500,000 euro.

The current owner bought it at an Adam's auction in June 1989 where it fetched the then world record price for his work, IR£60,000 (76,200 euro).

The Le Brocquy piece is among a collection of 130 paintings, works on paper and sculpture in the sale.

Other significant works are by William John Leech, Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Walter Osborne, Mainie Jellett and Basil Blackshaw.

Many are from private Irish collections and have not been seen in public in decades.

James O'Halloran, Adam's managing director, said Le Brocquy was arguably the greatest Irish artist of our generation.

"Indoors, Outdoors is the most important work by Le Brocquy to come to market since Adam's set the Irish record for his work Sick Tinker Child, which sold in December 2006 for 820,000 euro," he said.

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