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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. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  4. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  6. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  7. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  10. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  11. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  13. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  16. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  19. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  22. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  23. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  24. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene