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A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
1871-1957
THE CANAL WATER
signed l.l.: JACK B YEATS
oil on panel
23 by 35.5cm., 9 by 14in.
Painted in 1930.
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Provenance

Sold by the artist to Serge Philipson, circa 1942;
Mrs. Rachel Philipson-Levy, 1996 

Exhibited

London, Alpine Club Gallery, Paintings, 6 - 23 February 1930, no.24;
Dublin, Engineer's Hall, Paintings, 21 April - 5 May 1931, no.12;
New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998;
Washington, John F. Kennedy Center, Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 13 - 28 May 2000, illustrated p.101

Literature

Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats, Catalogue Raisonne of the Oil Paintings, Dublin, 1992, Vol.I, no.414, p.375;

Catalogue Note

It is rare to encounter a Yeats work without figures; while the subject of a canal and figures alongside it in one capacity or another features in a few examples around this period, in this instance Yeats seem to have been absorbed solely by the canal water and grassy banks. He renders the scene in fluid, gestural brushstrokes and what are probably his finger marks, as Yeats was apt to do on occasion. The result is a small but vibrant and dynamic work. The setting is likely the Grand Canal in Dublin, with the Dublin hills and a cloudy sky beyond.  

A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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London