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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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  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  6. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  7. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  9. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  11. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  14. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  16. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  17. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  19. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer