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Tapestry 184 x 280 cm, ‘The Táin. Army Massing’ is one of a series of
twenty Aubusson wool tapestries produced from Louis Le Brocquy’s
calligraphic brush drawings on the same subject. In 1967 Le Brocquy was
commissioned by Liam Miller of Dolmen Press to illustrate Thomas
Kinsella's version of the Táin Bó Cúailnge, the epic account of King
Conchobar and his chief warrior Cúchulainn and of the invasion of
Ulster by Queen Medb of Connacht. Le Brocquy produced 133 monochrome
calligraphic brush illustrations for the edition which was published in
1969. Transferred to the medium of tapestry, the graphic black and
white images convey the drama and vigour of the epic story.
The echoes of Celtic and pre-modern influences have played a crucial
and consistent role in the art practice of Louis Le Brocquy. Inspired
by heroic figures and legend, this work allows for a consideration of
our constructed identity and imagined selves.