Diamond Valley

Louis le Brocquy
Born in Dublin in 1916, educated at Mount Temple and at St Gerarld's School Bray (behind Diamond Valley), Louis le Brocquy has been described as 'the foremost Irish painter of the 20th Century.'

Fairground under Bray Head by Louis le Brocquy

Fairground under Bray Head, 1949, oil on canvas, 54 x 60 cm © the artist.

In 1949 le Brocquy re-visited Bray and painted 'Fairground under Bray Head', part of his famous 'tinker period' of work. The painting captures a scene that even today is familiar to visitors to Bray Seafront where each summer a fairground is hosted.

In this painting two girls swing on a fairground ride above a fortuneteller's tent, and over the seafront where a bather can be seen paddling along the shore while children and adults survey the scene.

His work has received much international attention and many accolades in a career that spans over seventy years and he is widely acclaimed for his evocative heads of literary figures and fellow artists, including W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and his friends Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon, Seamus Heaney and Bono. Acknowledged by museum retrospective exhibitions worldwide, including France, USA and Japan, the artist's work is represented in numerous public collections, from the Guggenheim, New York to the Tate, London. In Ireland he is honoured as the first and only living painter to be included in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery.  

He is married to the artist Anne Madden with whom he has two sons, Alexis and Pierre. He also has a daughter, Seyre, from a former marriage.

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