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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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  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  14. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  15. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  19. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  20. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  22. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners