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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea

Sailor home from the Sea

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Sailor home from the Sea
  • Date
    1912
  • Dimensions
    22.5 × 35cm
  • Medium
    Oil on panel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented to Sligo County Library and Museum, 1965 by James A. Healy as a memorial to his parents John and Catherine Healy.
Description

This early oil painting is typical of the type of work Jack Yeats was producing around 1912. The oil is thickly applied but kept within the boundaries of the outline of the various elements, rather like a direct development of Yeats’s work as an illustrator. The composition is carefully worked out with the dark figure of the man outlined against the pale grey of the sky and the street behind him. Yeats’s use of colour is equally restrained. The predominant tones of black and grey are relieved by the blue of the sea and the bright red of the sailor’s hair and beard and his exotic looking crios style belt.

The man toasts his return from the sea. He wears a nautical style cap and stands on a roadway leading directly down to the shoreline. This setting is probably inspired by Rosses Point in Co. Sligo. The seafarer cuts a bizarre figure, conspicuous by his dark suit and red hair. Yeats hints at the adventurousness of the sailor’s life and at the way in which his presence on land introduces an exciting element into ordinary village life.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  3. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  4. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  6. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  8. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  9. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  15. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  16. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  17. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  21. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  24. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde