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    Sale 7579

    The Irish Sale

    8 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 103

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)

    The Little Horse at Play

    Price Realised  


    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
    The Little Horse at Play
    signed 'JACK B./YEATS' (lower right) and inscribed 'THE LITTLE HORSE/AT PLAY' (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    9 x 14 in. (22.8 x 35.5 cm.)
    Painted in 1948.

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    Horses are a regular motif in Yeats's work. He had always been fascinated by them, reminding him of his youth and the nostalgic freedom of his Sligo childhood. The vibrancy of the present work is overwhelming. The sheer joy of the horse galloping for the fun of it is created by a combination of frenzied brushstrokes and a colour palette ranging from acid greens and yellows through to bright white.

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    with Victor Waddington, Dublin, 1948, where purchased by the present owner's parents, and by descent.


    H. Pyle, Jack B. Yeats A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings II, London, 1992, p. 815, no. 898.