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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night

A Western Town, Night

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    A Western Town, Night
  • Date
    1925
  • Dimensions
    35.5 × 23cm
  • Medium
    Oil on panel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A. Healy in New York to Sligo County Library and Museum. In memory of his parents, John and Catherine Healy in 1966.
Description

The Western Town referred to in the title is almost definitely Sligo. Yeats transforms this familiar place into a theatrical backdrop in which a near encounter between two figures is enacted. It is night but the light from an open doorway illuminates the scene. Two men walk in opposite directions. One is a portly businessman in bowler hat, while the other a worker, in his flat cap, is tall and lanky, and strides towards the light. The two figures are situated in an open space like a stage in a theatre. They impart a sense of ease and contentment as they go about their nocturnal routine. The dark towering forms of the buildings in the background and the dramatic red and blue of the sky add a note of tension to the scene suggesting the beauty and sublimity of the West.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  12. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
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  17. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  20. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  21. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  22. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“