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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door

The Car is at the Door

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Car is at the Door
  • Date
    1904
  • Dimensions
    21.5 × 53.5cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented to Sligo County Library and Museum in 1965 by James A. Healy as a memorial to his parents John and Catherine Healy.
Description

This dramatic yet simple image reveals Yeats’s ability to extract the maximum effect from ordinary events. It shows a jaunting car driver standing in an open doorway. He wears a large overcoat and hat to protect himself from the weather. These add to the large scale of his body which almost fills the open space of the door frame. Behind the driver, depicted in warm brown and red is the teaming rain of a dark winter’s evening. The foreboding figure of the man is offset by the door itself. Its glass panels pick up on the red of the exterior while the white panes of clear glass suggest the warmth and light of the interior space out of which the driver is anxious to get going with his passengers.

This work was exhibited in a one-man show of Jack Yeats’s paintings in New York in 1904 and acquired by John Quinn. It was subsequently presented to Sligo by James A. Healy.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
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  8. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  9. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  14. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  15. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  19. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  21. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  24. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary