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Le Brocquy began painting images of Joyce in 1964 when he commenced his ancestral heads series. Although he never knew Joyce, le Brocquy feels bound to him as a fellow Dubliner and has painted almost 120 studies towards his image. The Dublin-born writer James Joyce (1882–1941) is one of the greatest figures in twentieth-century literature. Best known for Ulysses (1922), the record of a Dublin day, his work also includes A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegan’s Wake (1939).
oil on canvas
H 70.3 x W 70 cm