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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point

Leaving the Far Point

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Leaving the Far Point
  • Date
    1946
  • Dimensions
    45 × 34.5cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by the artist to Sligo Corporation in 1954.
Description

Jack Yeats gave this painting to his wife Cottie on her birthday in 1947. She died two months later. It shows Yeats, Cottie and his favourite uncle, George Pollexfen, walking at Rosses Point, on the north side of Sligo bay. The image is probably based on an imagined occasion. It is therefore a conglomeration of memories in which Yeats brings together two of the most influential people in his life. In the painting the figures are almost subsumed into the surrounding sea and sky, their forms tenuously delineated in paint, in a manner analogous to the vagaries of memory itself. Cottie and George are placed with Yeats in a favourite and cherished location. George Pollexfen had a summer house at Rosses Point where Jack visited him as a young man. The death of George in 1910 severed the familial connection with Sligo and was, like the death of Cottie nearly forty years later, an important psychological event in the artist’s life. At the end of his own life Yeats gave the painting to Sligo and wrote in his accompanying letter to the Mayor of Sligo that ‘From the beginning of my painting life every painting which I have made has somewhere in it a thought of Sligo’.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
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  9. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
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  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
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  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  14. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  16. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  17. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  19. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  21. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  23. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  24. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats