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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. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  2. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  8. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  14. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  15. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  16. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  17. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  18. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  21. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  22. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  23. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  24. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)