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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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  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  9. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
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  12. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  17. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  22. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  23. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian