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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. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  3. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  5. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  6. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  11. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  14. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  16. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  18. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  19. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ