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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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  2. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  3. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  4. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  6. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  10. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  13. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  16. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  17. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  18. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  19. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  23. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop