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Jack Yeats

Author: Bruce Arnold
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jack Yeats (1871-1957) stands as a giant figure in Irish twentieth-century art. An isolated artist throughout his life, Yeats dominated solely through talent and the inventiveness of his paintings. This major biography tells the full story of the artist's life and analyses his prodigious output. This included not only some one thousand paintings, and vast numbers of illustrations, comic cartoons, drawings, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jack B Yeats; Jack B Yeats; Jack B Yeats; Jack Yeats
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Arnold
ISBN: 0300075499 9780300075496
OCLC Number: 39116602
Description: x, 418 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Origins --
Early life in Sligo --
Art school in London, 1887-1889 --
Bedford Park: the 1890s --
Work and marriage, 1891-1897 --
Devon and the first London shows, 1897-1899 --
Miniature Theatre, 1900-1901 --
The Broadsheets and John Masefield, 1901-1903 --
Ireland and the United States, 1904-1905 --
John M. Synge, 1905-1909 --
Last days in England, 1909-1910 --
The Broadsides, 1910-1915 --
Nervous breakdown, 1915-1918 --
A Dublin man, 1919-1922 --
Modernism and the issue of style, 1923-1930 --
Career as writer, 1931-1935 --
'Lives, ' 1936-1938 --
Death of William Butler Yeats, 1939 --
The outbreak of war, 1940-1942 --
Painter triumphant, 1943-1945 --
Death for only one, 1945-1947 --
Last years, 1948-1957.
Responsibility: Bruce Arnold.

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Jack Yeats (1871-1957) stands as a giant figure in Irish twentieth-century art. An isolated artist throughout his life, Yeats dominated solely through talent and the inventiveness of his paintings. This major biography tells the full story of the artist's life and analyses his prodigious output. This included not only some one thousand paintings, and vast numbers of illustrations, comic cartoons, drawings, and watercolours, but also seven novels and nine plays. An innately original man, Yeats eschewed all movements, took no pupils, taught only by example. Yet he exerted a fundamental and fascinating influence on Irish culture during his long and diverse life. Based on extensive research among primary sources, this book describes the life of the son of the portrait painter, John Butler Yeats, and younger brother of the poet, William Butler Yeats. Born in London, Jack spent his formative years in his grandparent's home in Ireland. His first show was held in England, but the young artist was inexorably drawn to Ireland where he created in drawings and paintings an Irish spirit and language that increasingly captured and glorified the heroism, mystery, myths, and legends of the Irish people. This book provides a compelling portrait of the complex and enigmatic artist whose reputations and artistic vision have become increasingly admired in the years since his death. -- Publisher description.

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