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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)- The Car is at the door
  2. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  6. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  7. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  11. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  13. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  16. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  19. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  20. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  24. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||