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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  6. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  10. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  11. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  12. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  16. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  19. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  22. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  23. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian