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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)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  4. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
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  8. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  9. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  10. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  13. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  14. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  16. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  19. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  21. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  23. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop