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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 Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  10. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  11. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
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  14. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  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)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  17. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  19. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  20. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  22. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  24. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy