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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) - The Toy Theatre
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  9. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  12. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  16. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  18. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  20. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  22. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  23. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  24. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay