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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. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  3. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  4. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  5. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  6. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  8. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  9. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  11. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  12. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  14. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  15. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  18. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  20. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  24. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory