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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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  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
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  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  17. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  21. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ