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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. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  5. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  6. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  7. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  9. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  10. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  12. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  14. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  15. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  16. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  17. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  18. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  19. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  20. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  21. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  23. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  24. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay