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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. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  3. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  5. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  6. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  7. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  8. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  9. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  10. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  11. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  14. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  17. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  19. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  22. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  23. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man