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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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  3. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  4. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  5. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  7. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  8. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  9. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  11. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  12. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  18. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  21. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  23. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows