Beloved Ireland of Jack Butler Yeats
Jack Butler Yeats' works don't often appear in the market. But in Bordeaux, you will have a chance to buy a piece by one of Ireland's most important 20th-century artists.
Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) « Sculling (Godille) », 1912, oil on panel, signed 24.5 x 35.5 cm.
The artist Jack Butler Yeats painted this oil on panel in 1912, and presented it in London the same year at the "Allied Artist" exhibition. It was sold two years later to John Vanston during an exhibition in Dublin. This collector was none other than the father of Doreen Vanston (1903-1988), another Irish painter. And over a hundred years later, it has turned up in a private Bordeaux collection. A chance for the French market to get a glimpse of a work by one of Ireland's most important 20th-century artists, extensively represented in the Dublin National Gallery. It must be said that Jack Butler Yeats came from impressive stock. His father John was a famous portraitist, and his writer and poet brother William won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Jack began drawing scenes of daily life when he was a child, and moved to London in 1887 to work as an illustrator for periodicals and books for children and adults. He returned to Ireland in 1910, with the aim of commemorating his country's lifestyle, customs and traditions, as well as Celtic mythology. With this 1912 painting of a sailor battling the elements, he again evoked the life of Irish people with their love of the sea, through compositions exploring ever richer colours and materials. An Expressionistic style that Yeats very often drew from memory, not from life, and which gave a heroic quality to simple everyday scenes.