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Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill

The Crest of the Hill

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Crest of the Hill
  • Date
    1904
  • Dimensions
    53.5 × 73cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • 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

When shown in New York in 1904, the occasion of the artist’s only visit to the United States, the New York Times described the painting as ‘An Irish farmer on horseback resting with his feet out of stirrups as he reaches for his pipe during the wait in a fox hunt’. Certainly the figure seems to be taking a rest and surveying the scene around him although there is no suggestion of other figures or the excitement and noise of a hunt.

The low viewpoint looking up at the large figure of the man and his mount, adds to the dignity and authority of the farmer. Beneath him extends an expanse of open countryside leading to the sea with mountains dominating the horizon. The boggy, rocky ground on which the horse stands, is richly coloured in blues, greens, browns and purples. The enormous attention given to the sky which takes up four fifths of the composition lends an exotic note to the painting, suggesting the strangeness of the locality in which the farmer lives, right at the edge of the land.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  3. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  5. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  8. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  9. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  10. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  12. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  16. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  19. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  20. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  22. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  23. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“