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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse

The Sea and the Lighthouse

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • 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)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  6. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  7. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  11. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  15. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  19. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  21. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  23. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty