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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse

The Sea and the Lighthouse

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Sea and the Lighthouse
  • Date
    1947
  • Dimensions
    53.5 × 35.5cm
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland to Sligo County Library and Museum in 1965.
Description

The artist depicts himself standing at Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, looking out towards the sea. The darkened sky is lit up by a beacon of yellow and white light emanating from an unseen lighthouse to the right of the composition. Most of the painting is taken up by the deep blue of the night sky dominated by a dark cloud. This is contrasted by the grey-white surface of the road and the crashing waves, and by the bright colour of the surrounding vegetation. The man stands, hat in hand, in awe of the power of the natural world. The work, which was painted while Yeats’s wife of more than fifty years was dying, has been read as a metaphor for the artist’s grief. Like many of his later paintings he sets himself or the human figure against the magnitude of creation.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  5. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  6. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  8. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  9. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  11. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  12. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  13. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  18. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  24. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman