This image is subject to copyright and cannot be downloaded or reproduced without written permission.
Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night

A Western Town, Night

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    A Western Town, Night
  • Date
    1925
  • Dimensions
    35.5 × 23cm
  • Medium
    Oil on panel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A. Healy in New York to Sligo County Library and Museum. In memory of his parents, John and Catherine Healy in 1966.
Description

The Western Town referred to in the title is almost definitely Sligo. Yeats transforms this familiar place into a theatrical backdrop in which a near encounter between two figures is enacted. It is night but the light from an open doorway illuminates the scene. Two men walk in opposite directions. One is a portly businessman in bowler hat, while the other a worker, in his flat cap, is tall and lanky, and strides towards the light. The two figures are situated in an open space like a stage in a theatre. They impart a sense of ease and contentment as they go about their nocturnal routine. The dark towering forms of the buildings in the background and the dramatic red and blue of the sky add a note of tension to the scene suggesting the beauty and sublimity of the West.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

Browse the Collection

Browse by: Image / List

  1. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  3. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  4. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  5. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  7. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  8. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  9. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  10. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  11. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  12. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  15. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  16. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  17. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  21. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  23. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  24. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay