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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins

He Wins

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    He Wins
  • Date
    1949
  • Dimensions
    35.5 × 23cm
  • Medium
    Oil on panel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Given on perpetual loan by Ria Mooney in 1970
Description

This late oil painting recalls the strand races that Jack Yeats attended in Sligo as a youth and which formed an important theme in his early watercolour paintings of Irish life. In this work, unlike many of the early renditions, Yeats does not refer to the characters and the wider paraphernalia of such events. While a group of bystanders is visible in the background to the left, the main focus of the painting is the race itself. The horses and riders gallop at great speed across the sands. One of the horses, a large black animal, moves across to the left, racing in a slightly different direction to the others. Perhaps it is this horse, or its jockey, to which the title of the painting refers.

The low viewpoint gives an unusual vista of the race, heightening the sense of movement and capturing the speed and drama of the occasion. The strong colours of the horses and jockeys are diffused by the strong white of the sky. The technique is as dynamic and vivacious as the subject it depicts.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  3. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  6. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  7. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  8. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  9. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  11. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  14. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  17. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  18. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  19. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  20. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  22. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  24. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled