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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 Susan Mitchell
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  10. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  15. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  16. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  18. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  19. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  21. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  23. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point