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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. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  3. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  4. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  7. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  9. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  12. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  13. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  16. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  17. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  22. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  23. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion