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

The Sea and the Lighthouse

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • 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 (1871-1957)- Market Day
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  3. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  4. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  6. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  7. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  12. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  16. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  17. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  18. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  21. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo