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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  2. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  6. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  11. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  12. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  21. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  22. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel