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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. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  5. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  6. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  7. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  8. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  10. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  11. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  17. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  18. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre