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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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  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
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  5. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
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  7. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  8. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  9. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  10. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  12. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  16. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  18. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  19. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  20. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  23. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion