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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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  4. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
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  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  15. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  17. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  22. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  23. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  24. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children