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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)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  4. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  5. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  7. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  10. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  11. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  16. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  17. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  18. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  21. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  22. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  23. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel