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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. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  4. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  5. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  6. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  17. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  23. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo