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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. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  3. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  4. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  6. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  8. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  9. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  17. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  19. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  20. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  23. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer