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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)- An Island Funeral
  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  3. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  6. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  7. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  9. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  10. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  16. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  18. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  19. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable