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Jack B. Yeats - White Shower

White Shower

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    White Shower
  • Date
    1928
  • Dimensions
    60 × 44.5cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • 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, 1965.
Description

Painted in the artist’s late expressionistic style in which Yeats was just beginning to work, the painting conveys his powers of observation and insight into human nature. Two young women sit beneath a thorn tree, while a horseman stops to greet them. Behind the figures to the right, a squalling shower painted in yellow and cream, obscures the blue summer sky.

The women’s reaction to the passerby is subtly delineated. The dark haired woman looks directly at the man while her companion, with downcast eyes, appears to be shy. The thorn tree is used as a dramatic device which connects the two very different halves of the composition. On the right the women are seated on a grassy bank with a lush landscape extending behind them that suggests a feminine domain. The left hand side with the man and horse on the stony roadway silhouetted against a blue sky is much more austere and masculine. At a more basic level the painting refers to the constantly changing weather of the West of Ireland and of the companionship of the open road where people stop to chat and greet each other.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  2. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  6. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  7. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  12. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  13. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  17. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  21. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  24. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea