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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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  11. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  12. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  15. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  17. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  18. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  19. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  21. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
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  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy