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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. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  4. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  14. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  15. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  18. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  24. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)