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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  7. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  8. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  11. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  12. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  13. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  14. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  15. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  19. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  22. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy