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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. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  6. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  9. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  11. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  12. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  13. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  20. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ