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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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  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  3. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  6. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  8. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  9. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  10. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  19. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  21. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath