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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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  1. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  3. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  4. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  8. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  9. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  10. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  17. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  20. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  24. Sean McSweeney - The Road