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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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  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
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  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  10. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  12. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  16. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  20. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  22. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  24. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene