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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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  2. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  3. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  5. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  7. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  10. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  12. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  14. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  16. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  19. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  22. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  24. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower