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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse

The Sea and the Lighthouse

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Sea and the Lighthouse
  • Date
    1947
  • Dimensions
    53.5 × 35.5cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland to Sligo County Library and Museum in 1965.
Description

The artist depicts himself standing at Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, looking out towards the sea. The darkened sky is lit up by a beacon of yellow and white light emanating from an unseen lighthouse to the right of the composition. Most of the painting is taken up by the deep blue of the night sky dominated by a dark cloud. This is contrasted by the grey-white surface of the road and the crashing waves, and by the bright colour of the surrounding vegetation. The man stands, hat in hand, in awe of the power of the natural world. The work, which was painted while Yeats’s wife of more than fifty years was dying, has been read as a metaphor for the artist’s grief. Like many of his later paintings he sets himself or the human figure against the magnitude of creation.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  6. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  7. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  15. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  20. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  24. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer