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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel

Fortune and her Wheel

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Fortune and her Wheel
  • Date
    1902
  • Dimensions
    43.5 × 28.5cm
  • Medium
    Pencil and poster paint on card
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A. Healy in 1965
Description

A woman sits with a fortune wheel on a stone wall surrounded by a crowd of men. To her right a bearded man in theatrical costume holds out bags of money, displaying the prize on offer. A customer puts a coin in the woman’s hand, while another figure walks away clenching his fists to his face, having lost his money. A third man lies curled up asleep under the wall oblivious to the event. To the left a wheel-like semi-circle of men stand transfixed by the couple and their wheel.

The painting with its silver sky is a parody of the historical subject of Fortune and Her Wheel which uses an allegorical female figure and her spinning wheel to represent the capricious nature of fate. Yeats transfers the subject to an Irish fairground and enlivens it through the diverse characters he depicts. The work displays Yeats’s sense of humour and his insight into human nature as well as his willingness to subvert high art subject matter and present it in terms which are accessible and amusing.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  13. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  14. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  17. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  18. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  19. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  22. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  23. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea