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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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  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  6. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
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  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  10. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  12. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  13. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  16. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  17. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  20. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  23. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  24. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden