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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  3. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  5. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  6. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  8. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  10. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  12. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  16. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  21. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  22. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  23. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang