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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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  2. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  3. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  9. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  11. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  19. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  21. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  22. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  23. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  24. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes