Anne Yeats was the daughter of W. B. Yeats and as Pyle commented, was 'heir and custodian to her 'awesome lineage'. Like her beloved uncle Jack, she too was slow to take up oil. She trained at the Royal Hibernian Academy under Maurice MacGonigal and Henry Tisdall and became chief stage designer at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, making costumes and sets for her father's plays. It was only in the 1940s she decided to become a painter, taking inspiration from painters such as Picasso, Matisse and Braque and introducing a European lilt to Irish contemporary art. She exhibited at the first Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943, and through her continuing association with it, became closely involved with the growing avant-garde of the day.