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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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  4. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
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  7. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
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  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  10. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  12. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  15. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  17. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  19. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  20. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  22. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  23. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  24. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke