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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  3. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  5. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  6. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  7. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  8. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  9. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  16. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  21. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’