Le Brocquy work expected to fetch €500k at auction

An early masterpiece by the late legendary Irish artist Louis Le Brocquy is expected to fetch €500,000 at auction this week.

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.

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

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 indecades.

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 Dec 2006 for €820,000,” she said.

“The painting has a prestigious exhibition history and provenance, having once belonged to the glamorous Hollywood actress Dana Wynter, who had a house in Glendalough, Co Wicklow.

“Our €500,000 estimate might seem a jump from the IR£60,000 price paid in1989. The current owner pointed out you could have bought a substantial redbrick house in Ranelagh for IR£60,000 in 1989.”

Two outstanding works by Yeats come from Beaulieu House, Drogheda, and are being sold to help finance a restoration project on the historic house and gardens.

Good Evening Men carries a pre-sale guide of €200,000, while a smaller work, Bound for the Islands, which has never been seen in public, is due to sell for €50,000.

Another major highlight is an early masterpiece by Leech — Interior of a Cafe — that was painted when he was aged just 28 and was included in the National Gallery of Ireland’s ground- breaking 1984 exhibition The Irish Impressionists.

It has a guide price of €200,000 and was last seen in public at the 1996Leech Retrospective at the National Gallery of Ireland.


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