Jack Butler Yeats

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Yeats, Jack Butler


Born 1871 in Sligo; died Mar. 28, 1957, in Dublin. Irish painter. Founder and leader of the Irish national school of painting in the 20th century.

Yeats was the son of the portraitist John B. Yeats (1839-1922) and brother of the poet W. B. Yeats. He studied in Dublin and at the Westminster Art School in London. His creative work is imbued with humanism and love for his country and its national life, nature, and history. Romantic liveliness, impetuosity, and breadth are inherent in his manner of painting (After the Races, Tate Gallery, London; and The Magician and The Old Slave Woman, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin).


Pyle, H. Jack B. Yeats: A Bibliography. London, 1970.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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A PAINTING by Jack Butler Yeats thought to be worth more than [euro]200,000 is to be auctioned off at a prestigious sale this month.
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Jack Butler Yeats, the Irish painter of the soul whose life is captured triumphantly by Bruce Arnold in this long-awaited book, has sometimes been lost in the recesses of his own family, frequently suffering confusion with his brother the poet.
Makin's scholarship has the edge on Forde's (compare, for example, their comments on Pasiphae in Briggflatts and her minor confusion of Jack Butler Yeats with John Butler Yeats) but his criticism, surprisingly in view of his two excellent earlier books on Pound, lacks generosity.
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"Sotheby's have an unrivalled reputation for selling established Irish artists such as Sir John La very, Sir William Orpen, Jack Butler Yeats and indeed, the greatest living Irish Artist, Louis le Brocquy," Ms Bishop said.
A Coolmore spokesman contacted me yesterday to say that, contrary to previous assertions, their main Derby hope is, in fact, named after the artist Jack Butler Yeats, just as the Punters' Pal suggested last weekend - and not after his poet-brother William, as my column stated on Sunday.
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Hanging nearby are works by Henry Rushbury, Felix Topolski, the great Walter Sickert, W B Yeats's painter brother, Jack Butler Yeats - with a study of Fossetts Circus - and many more totalling nearly 100.