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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. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  3. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  4. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  5. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  6. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  12. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  15. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  18. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  20. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  21. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  24. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators