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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea

Sailor home from the Sea

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Sailor home from the Sea
  • Date
    1912
  • Dimensions
    22.5 × 35cm
  • Medium
    Oil on panel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented to Sligo County Library and Museum, 1965 by James A. Healy as a memorial to his parents John and Catherine Healy.
Description

This early oil painting is typical of the type of work Jack Yeats was producing around 1912. The oil is thickly applied but kept within the boundaries of the outline of the various elements, rather like a direct development of Yeats’s work as an illustrator. The composition is carefully worked out with the dark figure of the man outlined against the pale grey of the sky and the street behind him. Yeats’s use of colour is equally restrained. The predominant tones of black and grey are relieved by the blue of the sea and the bright red of the sailor’s hair and beard and his exotic looking crios style belt.

The man toasts his return from the sea. He wears a nautical style cap and stands on a roadway leading directly down to the shoreline. This setting is probably inspired by Rosses Point in Co. Sligo. The seafarer cuts a bizarre figure, conspicuous by his dark suit and red hair. Yeats hints at the adventurousness of the sailor’s life and at the way in which his presence on land introduces an exciting element into ordinary village life.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
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  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  16. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  17. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  19. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy