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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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  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
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  7. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  8. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  9. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  10. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  11. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  12. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  14. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  16. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  20. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  21. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral