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

Sailor home from the Sea

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • 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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  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  12. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  14. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  18. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  19. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  23. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day