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Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill

The Crest of the Hill

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Crest of the Hill
  • Date
    1904
  • Dimensions
    53.5 × 73cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • 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

When shown in New York in 1904, the occasion of the artist’s only visit to the United States, the New York Times described the painting as ‘An Irish farmer on horseback resting with his feet out of stirrups as he reaches for his pipe during the wait in a fox hunt’. Certainly the figure seems to be taking a rest and surveying the scene around him although there is no suggestion of other figures or the excitement and noise of a hunt.

The low viewpoint looking up at the large figure of the man and his mount, adds to the dignity and authority of the farmer. Beneath him extends an expanse of open countryside leading to the sea with mountains dominating the horizon. The boggy, rocky ground on which the horse stands, is richly coloured in blues, greens, browns and purples. The enormous attention given to the sky which takes up four fifths of the composition lends an exotic note to the painting, suggesting the strangeness of the locality in which the farmer lives, right at the edge of the land.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  2. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  9. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  10. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  11. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  14. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  16. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  18. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  21. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  24. Nick Miller - John McGahern