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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

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  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  11. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  13. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  16. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  19. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  20. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  21. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  23. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop