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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral

An Island Funeral

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    An Island Funeral
  • Date
    1923
  • Dimensions
    91.5 × 61cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by public subscription from the Capuchin Annual in 1962
Description

This sharply observed painting depicts a coffin being brought from the remote Blasket Islands, off the West Kerry coast, to the mainland for burial in the graveyard at Ventry. There was no graveyard on the islands. The coffin is accompanied by a subdued group of mourners, including women wearing traditional black shawls. They contrast with their younger female companions who are instead attired in fashionable modern dress. On the left hand side of the composition another boat can be seen coming alongside. Its crew, who look towards the funeral boat, add to the strong sense of community evoked by the painting. The work emphasises the importance of ritual and custom in the lives of remote communities in Ireland in a period of political turbulence. As in other works of this period Yeats sets traditional practices against the increasing modernity of Irish life. The image of the boat carrying a coffin across the water has a classical connotation in that it recalls the story of Charon ferrying the souls of the dead across the river Styx to Hades.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  7. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  8. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  9. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  10. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  13. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  16. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  21. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  22. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  24. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde