Jack Butler Yeats

Morning after Rain


Not on display

Jack Butler Yeats 1871–1957
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 610 × 914 mm
frame: 758 × 1058 × 70 mm
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964

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In his paintings of the early 1920s, Jack Yeats surveyed the character and activities of the ordinary people of Western Ireland. He used a bold drawing in outline that is almost caricature, which he then painted directly with strong colours. Here a man stares over the parapet of the bridge at Sligo into the muddy water of the river. His deportment and expression suggest a particular type of local character. Yeats grew up near Sligo, and knew the people well. In about 1925 Yeats took up a quite different manner of painting, with lighter colours, particularly blues, and looser shapes, and with imaginary subjects from Irish history.
Jack Yeats was the younger brother of the poet W.B. Yeats.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Jack Butler Yeats 1871–1957

T00693 Morning after Rain 1923

Inscr. ‘Jack B Yeats’ b.r.
Canvas, 24 x 36 (61 x 91.5).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964.
Coll: The artist’s estate, sold through the Waddington Galleries.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, March–April 1963 (3); Arts Council of Northern Ireland tour, Londonderry and Belfast, April–May 1964 (52).

Listed in the artist’s records under the year 1913 with the additional title, in brackets, of ‘Bridge in Sligo’. Yeats did not let his paintings leave his studio, nor enter them in his records, until six months after they were painted. The picture was exhibited in both Dublin and London during the artist’s lifetime but it has not been possible to trace the catalogues. (Information from Victor Waddington, 11 December 1964.)

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.

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