I chose to talk about this image painted by Louis Le Brocquy of Samuel Beckett in 1979 (oil on canvas). Le Brocquy has produced a collection of portraits, either painted in watercolour or oil. He was driven as a painter with fascination of the human condition, and worked to uncover / discover aspects of the personality in his paintings.
I admire how the painting is distinguished by lines and there is no specific outline to the face; Le Brocquy has painted it in a way that our mind picks up the shape of the face as it would be seen in person. The brush strokes appear fast and with force but I think it was more planned out and thought over; the painting seems to have been poured over with interest and thoughtful detail. The colours are unusual and I find it interesting Le Brocquy uses a variety of colours (unmixed) to highlight features in the face. It creates depth and intensity. The image of a head floating on the canvas with nothing surrounded it is a little haunting, almost ghostlike. The thought and memory of a person, and then it’s gone, and you’re left with a trace of their face.