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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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  2. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  6. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  9. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  12. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  13. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  14. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  15. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  19. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  24. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay