Signed and dated '98 in pencil lower right, 59 x 44 cm. (23 1/4 x 17 1/4 in).
"I first used a white background in 1956 when I was doing a series of torsos or what I called 'presences'. [...] All substance seemed penetrated and eaten up by this brilliance, so I came to see everything as existing in a matrix of pure white light. Then, later, I had the idea of conjuring up images out of nothing, out of light, out of the depths of the blank canvas, as it were."
[Louis le Brocquy in an interview by Michael Peppiatt, 1979, Louis le Brocquy, The Head Image: Interviews with the artist, 1996, p. 18]
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Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Anonymous sale; Private collection, Scotland.