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    An image of Francis Bacon (1909– 1992) the artists known for his bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery, heads Bonhams first Irish Art Sale in London on February 9.  It is the work of Bacon’s friend and fellow painter, Louis Le Brocquy, Ireland’s foremost living artist.
    The watercolour  is estimated to sell for £60,000 to £80,000.  Although he painted Bacon several times, trying to capture “the Baconness of Bacon”, this example is more representational than most.
    Speaking about his art Louis Le Brocquy says: “Contrary to a generally held view, I think that painting is not in any direct sense a means of communication or a means of self-expression. When you are painting you are trying to discover, to uncover, to reveal. I sometimes think of the activity of painting as a kind of archaeology – an archaeology of the spirit.”
    See post for December 22

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