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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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  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
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  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
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  8. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  13. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  14. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  17. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  18. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  21. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  22. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  24. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn