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Artists in 60 Seconds: Jack Butler Yeats


Movement, Style, School or Type of Art:

Irish Modernism; member of the group known as the Dublin Painters.

Early works were realistic. In the 1920s, however, Yeats' style became more Expressionistic and Romantic. From this time forward, his works became increasingly more colorful and mystical. Additionally, his brushwork grew bold and impasto became a key element of his compostions.

Date and Place of Birth:

August 29, 1871, London


Youngest of an unusually artistic family (his brother was the poet William Butler Yeats), Jack Yeats credited his childhood in the Irish countryside, with its light and landscape, for his becoming a painter. His early works were chiefly graphics and illustrations, often published under a pseudonym. After moving into oils, he attempted to capture a rapidly vanishing way of life in Ireland and Celtic mythology - subjects which coincided perfectly with Ireland's struggles to regain independence.

Important Works:

  • Off the Donegal Coast, 1922
  • About to Write a Letter, 1935
  • For the Road, 1951
  • Grief, 1951
  • My Beautiful, My Beautiful, 1953

Date and Place of Death:

March 28, 1957, Dublin

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