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Jack B. Yeats - White Shower

White Shower

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    White Shower
  • Date
    1928
  • Dimensions
    60 × 44.5cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • 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, 1965.
Description

Painted in the artist’s late expressionistic style in which Yeats was just beginning to work, the painting conveys his powers of observation and insight into human nature. Two young women sit beneath a thorn tree, while a horseman stops to greet them. Behind the figures to the right, a squalling shower painted in yellow and cream, obscures the blue summer sky.

The women’s reaction to the passerby is subtly delineated. The dark haired woman looks directly at the man while her companion, with downcast eyes, appears to be shy. The thorn tree is used as a dramatic device which connects the two very different halves of the composition. On the right the women are seated on a grassy bank with a lush landscape extending behind them that suggests a feminine domain. The left hand side with the man and horse on the stony roadway silhouetted against a blue sky is much more austere and masculine. At a more basic level the painting refers to the constantly changing weather of the West of Ireland and of the companionship of the open road where people stop to chat and greet each other.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  12. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
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  15. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  16. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  18. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  20. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  24. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower