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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. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  13. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  16. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  17. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  18. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  19. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  20. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait