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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
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  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
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  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  12. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  15. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  16. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  21. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  22. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  24. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes