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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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  3. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
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  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  10. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  14. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  17. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  19. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  20. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  21. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath