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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. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  2. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  5. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  9. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  14. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  15. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  21. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  22. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  23. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  24. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators