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JAMES GEORGE LE JEUNE R.H.A.
â€˜The Bull Fightâ€™
Jamesâ€™s father was of Anglo-French extraction, whilst his mother was Irish. He was born in Canada, then spent his early childhood in Brittany, and later sent to an English boarding school, but returned to France to study art in Paris. Further studies followed at Heatherleyâ€™s in London, with Byam Shaw, and the Art Students League in New York. Back in London he studied architecture, then served with the British Army in the 2nd World War. He moved to Dublin in 1950. At this time he was working as an architect and painting in his spare time, exhibiting at the ROI in 1948 and the RSA in 1950. He turned to full time painting in 1951, and exhibited annually at the RHA until his death. Victor Waddington gave him his first solo show in 1954. He also exhibited at the Little Theatre, at Brown Thomas and with the WCSI. He has been described as a â€˜painters painterâ€™, and his work is becoming highly prized by collectors worldwide. He is represented in the collections of the NGI, McKee Barracks, the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork, in Dublin and elsewhere. His studio was located on Baggot Lane, and he was a regular visitor to Searsonâ€™s, the local public house which is still there today. His daughter, Elizabeth, is also a fine sculptor and artist.
â€˜The Bull Fightâ€™ is a substantial work, inspired during his time in France and Spain. Set aside from his known works of Dublin and Northern France, it is most unusual. A small and rather insignificant painting of a matador was sold at auction at Bonhams and Adams in Dublin, 2008 (Â£2000+).
24 x 30in