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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. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
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  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  9. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  11. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  12. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  17. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  18. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  19. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  22. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals