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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral

An Island Funeral

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    An Island Funeral
  • Date
    1923
  • Dimensions
    91.5 × 61cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by public subscription from the Capuchin Annual in 1962
Description

This sharply observed painting depicts a coffin being brought from the remote Blasket Islands, off the West Kerry coast, to the mainland for burial in the graveyard at Ventry. There was no graveyard on the islands. The coffin is accompanied by a subdued group of mourners, including women wearing traditional black shawls. They contrast with their younger female companions who are instead attired in fashionable modern dress. On the left hand side of the composition another boat can be seen coming alongside. Its crew, who look towards the funeral boat, add to the strong sense of community evoked by the painting. The work emphasises the importance of ritual and custom in the lives of remote communities in Ireland in a period of political turbulence. As in other works of this period Yeats sets traditional practices against the increasing modernity of Irish life. The image of the boat carrying a coffin across the water has a classical connotation in that it recalls the story of Charon ferrying the souls of the dead across the river Styx to Hades.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  3. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  7. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  9. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  13. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  18. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  19. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  22. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  24. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)