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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)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  2. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  3. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  5. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  6. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  7. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  13. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  14. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  16. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  20. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  21. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  22. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  23. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral