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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 (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  4. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  5. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  6. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  10. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  12. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  14. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  16. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  22. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners