Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Louis le Brocquy

I was delighted to find a picture of le Brocquy's "Triumph of Cuchulainn" tapestry here. It is a stunning work, 14 (yes 14!) metres high which hangs in the entrance of the National Gallery of Ireland's new wing. I go and visit it whenever I'm in Dublin. For a weaver it is technically awe inspiring - perfect tension in such a large tapestry is no mean feat. The colour glows and there is that combination of order and irregularity which I love so much. It was woven by the Atelier René Duché in Aubusson not that far from where I now live.
If you ever make it to the gallery, don't leave without seeing this painting - the jewel in the national collection.

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