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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. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  7. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  9. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  13. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  15. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  16. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  24. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl