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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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  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  3. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  4. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  5. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  8. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  9. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  12. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  13. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  16. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  17. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  19. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  20. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  21. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  22. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners