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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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  1. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  3. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  5. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  11. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  15. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  20. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  21. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  23. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian