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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins

He Wins

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    He Wins
  • Date
    1949
  • Dimensions
    35.5 × 23cm
  • Medium
    Oil on panel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Given on perpetual loan by Ria Mooney in 1970
Description

This late oil painting recalls the strand races that Jack Yeats attended in Sligo as a youth and which formed an important theme in his early watercolour paintings of Irish life. In this work, unlike many of the early renditions, Yeats does not refer to the characters and the wider paraphernalia of such events. While a group of bystanders is visible in the background to the left, the main focus of the painting is the race itself. The horses and riders gallop at great speed across the sands. One of the horses, a large black animal, moves across to the left, racing in a slightly different direction to the others. Perhaps it is this horse, or its jockey, to which the title of the painting refers.

The low viewpoint gives an unusual vista of the race, heightening the sense of movement and capturing the speed and drama of the occasion. The strong colours of the horses and jockeys are diffused by the strong white of the sky. The technique is as dynamic and vivacious as the subject it depicts.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  4. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  5. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  6. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  9. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  14. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  16. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  18. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  20. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  23. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  24. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||