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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. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  4. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  5. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  7. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  8. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  9. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  13. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  18. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  19. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  21. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows