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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)- Simon the Cyrenian
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  3. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  6. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  7. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  11. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  12. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  16. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  17. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  19. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  20. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ