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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. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  8. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  9. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  10. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  11. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  15. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  16. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  18. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  19. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  22. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night