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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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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  2. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  4. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  5. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  6. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  9. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  11. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  13. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  15. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  21. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  24. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay