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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  3. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  7. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  8. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  9. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  11. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  16. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  17. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  21. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  23. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  24. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman