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

Leaving the Far Point

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • 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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  3. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
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  5. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
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  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  8. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  9. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  10. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  14. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  16. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  18. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
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  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  23. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“