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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse

The Sea and the Lighthouse

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • 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. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  4. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  10. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  11. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  12. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  14. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  17. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  20. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  22. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  23. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath