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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. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  2. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  4. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  6. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  7. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  8. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  10. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  15. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  17. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  18. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  22. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  23. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows