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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point

Leaving the Far Point

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Leaving the Far Point
  • Date
    1946
  • Dimensions
    45 × 34.5cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by the artist to Sligo Corporation in 1954.
Description

Jack Yeats gave this painting to his wife Cottie on her birthday in 1947. She died two months later. It shows Yeats, Cottie and his favourite uncle, George Pollexfen, walking at Rosses Point, on the north side of Sligo bay. The image is probably based on an imagined occasion. It is therefore a conglomeration of memories in which Yeats brings together two of the most influential people in his life. In the painting the figures are almost subsumed into the surrounding sea and sky, their forms tenuously delineated in paint, in a manner analogous to the vagaries of memory itself. Cottie and George are placed with Yeats in a favourite and cherished location. George Pollexfen had a summer house at Rosses Point where Jack visited him as a young man. The death of George in 1910 severed the familial connection with Sligo and was, like the death of Cottie nearly forty years later, an important psychological event in the artist’s life. At the end of his own life Yeats gave the painting to Sligo and wrote in his accompanying letter to the Mayor of Sligo that ‘From the beginning of my painting life every painting which I have made has somewhere in it a thought of Sligo’.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  3. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  5. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  7. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  8. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  9. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  10. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  11. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  14. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  16. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  19. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows