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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 Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  2. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  4. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  7. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  8. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  9. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  10. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  11. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  13. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  15. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  16. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  17. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  20. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  22. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable