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

The Sea and the Lighthouse

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • 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. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  2. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  5. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  7. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  9. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  10. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  18. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  24. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)