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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window

Mountain Window

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Mountain Window
  • Date
    1946
  • Dimensions
    34.5 × 22cm
  • Medium
    Oil on board
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by Ria Mooney to Sligo County and Museum in 1970.
Description

This tiny painting belonged to Ria Mooney, an actress and the first woman producer at the Abbey Theatre. She worked on two of Jack Yeats’s plays there in the 1940s. Mooney presented this work and another Yeats painting, He Wins, to Sligo.

Mooney may have been drawn to this work because of its use of theatrical conceit. It is an ambiguous view of a Ben Bulben seen through a cottage window, apparently based on a memory of a scene from the house of a great-aunt of Yeats, who lived above the Rosses in Co.Sligo. The lady was known as Aunt Mickey and her home had a commanding view of Ben Bulben. The cosy image of an Irish country garden with climbing foliage and luscious window boxes contrasts with the austere form of the mountain viewed in the distance. The result is a sensuous and complex image of the famous Sligo mountain and the surrounding countryside.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  2. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  5. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  7. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  8. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  9. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  10. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  19. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  20. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  23. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  24. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay