Louis Le Brocquy Catalogue
Louis Le Brocquy
Chronology
1939
Embarks on the First Works.

Work purchased by Haverty Trust for the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin.

 
1940
Contributed Madrid at Geneva, Dublin Magazine, September.

Made a series of surgical drawings of Pituitary region of the brain for medical text books.

 
1941
Work purchased for Ulster Museum, Belfast, painted at 13 Merrion Row, Dublin (Paul Henry's old studio).

Set and costume designs for Dublin Drama League, Gate Theatre.

 
1942
Set and costume designs for Giraudoux' Amphitryon 38, Olympia Theatre, Dublin.

The painting Spanish Shawl, Study in White rejected by R.H.A. Caused Dublin controversy.

 
1943
Further painting rejected by R.H.A.

Founder-member, with Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone, of Irish Exhibition of Living Art.

Refused important portrait commission.

Designed stained glass, murals for pubs, theatre sets and costumes.

Lectured on color inter-relation to the Dublin University Experimental Science Association.

 
1944
Studied Megalithic engravings by candle light at Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland.
 
1945
Radio Eireann debate with Sean Keating, P.R.H.A., on contemporary painting.
 
Visited Mayo, Connemara, Achill and the Midlands encountering the Travelling People.
 
Began Traveller series of paintings.
 
1946
Contemporary Art Society purchased work for The Tate Gallery, London, England.
 
Joined Gimpel Fils Gallery.
 
1947
Visiting Teacher in Painting and Mural design at Central School of Arts & Crafts, London.
 
First exhibition with Gimpel Fils, London.
 
1948
Joined Graham Sutherland and Stanley Spencer in designing tapestries for Edinburgh Weavers.
 
1951
Began Family series of paintings.

Official donation of A Family, rejected by Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin.

 
1952
Designed Eden series of tapestries.

A Family caused Dublin controversy.

 
1953
Designed large mosaics for College of Further Education, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
 
1954
Engraved 'Megalithic' murals, Comprehensive School, Tulse Hill, London.
 
Visiting Tutor, Textile School, Royal College of Art, London.
 
1955
Commissioned by Ambassador Magazine, London, toured Spain noting impressions for textile designs.
 
1956
Contributed Thoughts on our Time and Jean Lurcat, Art 17, Royal College of Art, London.
 
Represents Ireland at the Venice Bienale, Venice, Italy. A Family awarded a major prize.
 
1957
Began Presence series of paintings.
 
1958
Work included in the historic exhibition Fifty Years of Modern Art, World Fair, Brussels.
 
1959
Work purchased by the Tate Gallery, London.
 
1960
Elected Fellow of The Society of Industrial Artists in recognition of his contribution to industrial design.
 
1962
Joined the Dawson Gallery, Dublin.
 
Awarded Honorary Litt. D., University of Dublin.
 
1963
Destroyed about forty paintings, a year's work.
 
Member, Irish Council of Design.
 
1964
Began Ancestral Head series of paintings.
 
Discovery of Polynesian decorated skulls at the Musée de l'Homme, Paris, France.
 
1965
Discovery of Celto-Ligurian culture of Entremont & Roquepertuse.
 
1966
50th year. Retrospective exhibition, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin.
 
1968
Paintings of Celto-Ligurian Entremont.
 
1969
Lithographic illustrations for Thomas Kinsella's Tain, commissioned by Liam Miller, Dolmen Press, Dublin.
 
1970
First images of his father.

Commission, The Hosting of the Tain, Aubusson Tapestry, 407 x 610 cm.

 
1972
Began Cuchulainn series of tapestries.
 
1974
Long series of landscape watercolors, initiated by first regular visits to Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Ireland.
 
1975
Commission, aquatint for Nobel Prize Portfolio, Börjeson, Malmö, Sweden.

Began series Images of W.B. Yeats.

 
Made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
 
1976
First museum exhibition in France, Louis le Brocquy, A la Recherche de W.B. Yeats. Cent Portraits Imaginaires, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
 
1977
Made seven bronze Foreheads of Lorca at Michaelucci Foundry, Montecatini, Italy.
 
Series: Images of James Joyce.
 
1978
Lectured at University of Toronto on his paintings and its sources.
 
Series: Images of Lorca.
 
1979
First images of Francis Bacon.

Notes on Painting and Awareness, lecture in symposium, Corps, Poésie, Peinture, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Nice, France.

 
Series: Images of Samuel Beckett.
 
1980
Series: Images of Seamus Heaney.
 
1981
Series: Images of Shakespeare.

Collotype lithographs for Eight Irish Writers, edited by Andrew Carpenter, Dublin.

 
Museum exhibition in the U.S.A. Louis le Brocquy and the Celtic Head Image, New York State Museum, Albany.
 
1982
International group of artists form Artists against Apartheid. Contributed Image of Nelson Mandela.
 
1983
First images of Picasso.
 
1984
Embarks on Procession series.
 
1986
Lithographs for James Joyce's Dubliners, Dolmen Press, Dublin.
 
1988
Lithographs for Samuel Beckett's valedictory book, Stirrings Still, Blue Moon Books, New York; John Calder, London.

Set and costume designs for Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett, Dir. Walter Azmus, Gate Theatre, Dublin.

 
Awarded Honorary Ll. D., University College, Dublin.
 
1990
Illustration the poem Da tagte es by Samuel Beckett, The Great Book of Ireland.
 
1991
Retrospective in Japan, Louis le Brocquy, Images Single and Multiple, 1957-1990, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura.
 
1994
Elected Saoi, Aosdana.
 
1996
80th year. Retrospective exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Series: Human Images.

Waiting for Godot, Gate Theatre production played at the Lincoln Center, New York.

Made Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

 
1998
First artist to receive the IMMA/Glen Dimplex Lifetime Achievement Award for a sustained contribution to the arts in Ireland, conferred by President Mary Robinson.
 
1999
Hon. D. Ph., Dublin City University.
 
2000
Record sale of painting at auction, marking him as the fourth artists in these islands, with Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney to break the ₤1m barrier in their lifetime.

Inverted series, Aubusson tapestries from 1948-52, Atelier René Duché.

The Táin series, Aubusson tapestries, Atelier René Duché.

 
2001
Made Officier of the Belgian Ordre de la Couronne.
 
2002
A Family, acquired by National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, making him the first living artist to be included in the Permanent Irish Collection of the NGI.
 
Awarded Hon. D. Univ., Queen's University, Belfast.
 
2003
The National Gallery of Ireland celebrates the opening of the National Portrait Collection with the unveiling of a specially commissioned Image of Bono, 20 October 2003.
 
2004
Awarded Hon. D. Ph., Dublin Institute of Technology, 2004.
 
2006
90th birthday celebrations. 10 one-person exhibitions and numerous events are organized in France, England and Ireland including Gimpel Fils, London; Tate, London; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris; Hunt Museum, Limerick; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Crawford City Gallery, Cork; Taylor Galleries, Dublin.
 
Awarded Hon. Associate, NCAD, Dublin.
 
2007
Freedom of the City of Dublin.
 
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