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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day

Market Day

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Market Day
  • Date
    1906
  • Dimensions
    35.5 × 25.25cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by public subscription from the Capuchin Annual, 1962
Description

Fair days and market days fascinated Jack Yeats whose sketchbooks record the strange sights and characters to be seen at such events. This early watercolour features a stall in a country Irish town. In the background the quiet sunlit street is temporarily transformed by galloping horses ridden by farmers determined to get their business done and return to their work. The foreground is dominated by the covered stall, tended by a young woman in a large brimmed hat who patiently observes the goods. The latter is a remarkably eclectic collection of items which indicates both the comparative simplicity of the times and some of the main concerns of the population. Religious magazines, the linnet songbook and the book of fate make up the reading matter, while apples and jars of sweets provide edible treats. Among the other items a pipe and packets of tobacco are identifiable.

This very ordinary subject is transformed by the unusual viewpoint taken by Yeats which is really that of a potential customer standing beneath the strong blue canopy. The intense sunshine beams down on this structure and sends a strong blue tinge over the brim of the stallholder’s hat, casting her features in a strange blue shadow. The pole supporting the canopy divides the composition dramatically into two uneven parts.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  3. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  6. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  11. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  12. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  16. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  19. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  21. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  23. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry