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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 - Crest of the Hill
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  4. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  5. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  12. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  15. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  18. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  21. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals