Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was an Irish figurative painter, influenced in his earlier years by Picasso and surrealism, whose unique style of painting, featured pictures of people screaming or in pain. Critics felt his artwork reflected his views on humanity. His talent as a modern expressionist artist blossomed alongside a troubled personal life. Even so, he was one of the most famous figures in Irish Art History.
Louis le Brocquy, (1916-2012)The Dublin-born artist Louis le Brocquy is known both in Ireland and around the world as one of the great Irish artists of the twentieth century. A master of painting (in figurative and abstract genres), illustration, printmaking, tapestry design and set design has received widespread international praise during a career spanning seventy years. Awarded the Premio Acquisito Internationale for his painting "A Family", which was later included in the historic exhibition 'Fifty Years of Modern Art' at Brussels, World Fair 1958. Le Brocquy is widely acclaimed for his portraits, notably his series of Heads of literary figures and fellow artists, which include William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, and his friends Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney and Francis Bacon.
Jack Butler Yeats was born in London in 1871, the youngest son of Irish portraitist John Yeats and the brother of the Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler Yeats. He studied drawing and painting at the Westminster School of Art under Fred Brown, before leaving to work as a cartoonist (in 1894 he created the first cartoon strip of Sherlock Holmes), illustrator and water-colorist.