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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door

The Car is at the Door

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Car is at the Door
  • Date
    1904
  • Dimensions
    21.5 × 53.5cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented to Sligo County Library and Museum in 1965 by James A. Healy as a memorial to his parents John and Catherine Healy.
Description

This dramatic yet simple image reveals Yeats’s ability to extract the maximum effect from ordinary events. It shows a jaunting car driver standing in an open doorway. He wears a large overcoat and hat to protect himself from the weather. These add to the large scale of his body which almost fills the open space of the door frame. Behind the driver, depicted in warm brown and red is the teaming rain of a dark winter’s evening. The foreboding figure of the man is offset by the door itself. Its glass panels pick up on the red of the exterior while the white panes of clear glass suggest the warmth and light of the interior space out of which the driver is anxious to get going with his passengers.

This work was exhibited in a one-man show of Jack Yeats’s paintings in New York in 1904 and acquired by John Quinn. It was subsequently presented to Sligo by James A. Healy.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  3. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  6. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  7. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  11. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  13. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  15. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  17. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  19. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  22. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  24. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats