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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. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  4. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  5. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  7. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  12. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  13. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  14. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  15. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  17. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  18. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  20. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  22. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision