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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)- The Car is at the door
  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  3. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  4. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  5. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  7. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  8. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  12. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  16. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  17. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  20. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  21. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  24. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden