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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. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  3. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  4. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  6. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  8. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  11. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  12. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  13. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  17. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  18. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  19. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  21. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  22. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“