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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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  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
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  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  10. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  11. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  14. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  16. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals