A look at the life of Irish artist Louis le Brocquy who died on 25 April 2012.

The internationally-acclaimed Irish artist Louis le Brocquy has died at the age of 95. He was best known for his series of portraits of Irish literary figures and for his work - A Family - which hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland. President Michael D Higgins said his works were among the country's most valuable cultural assets and are cherished by us all.

Louis le Brocquy was born in Dublin in 1916, his artistic career spanned seven decades and became

A towering figure in the Irish visual art world.

In 1956 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and in 1958 married his second wife Anne Madden, also an artist.

Le Brocquy's work was said to be motivated by inquiry into the human condition.

He was also celebrated for his work in tapestry and for the head series, which included many significant Irish figures.  According to Christine Kennedy, Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

He was always obsessed really with the whole notion of the human psyche and the human form, the human image.

In later years his work crossed into popular culture when his study of Bono was commissioned by the National Gallery of Ireland, and he became the first living painter in the permanent collection of the National Gallery. His work is exhibited in galleries around the world. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 April 2012. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.