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JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
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JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. (1871-1957)

Outward Bound

Details
JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
Outward Bound
signed 'JACK B YEATS' (lower right)
oil on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.5 x 45.5 cm.)
Painted in 1944.
Provenance
with Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, where purchased by Mrs Ernie O'Malley.
with Theo Waddington, London.
with Waddington Galleries, London, where purchased by the present owners’ father in December 1995.

Literature
Exhibition catalogue, Jack B. Yeats: Oil Paintings, London, Theo Waddington, 1978, n.p., no. 11, illustrated.
H. Pyle, Jack B. Yeats: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Vol. II, London, 1992, p. 555, no. 607, illustrated.
T.G. Rosenthal, The Art Of Jack B. Yeats, London, 1993, pp. 107, 283, no. 64, illustrated.
Exhibited
Dublin, Victor Waddington Galleries, Jack B. Yeats, March 1945, no. 5.
Dublin, National College of Art, National Loan Exhibition, June - July 1945, no. 151.
London, Greenwich Library, The Arts of Ireland, November 1961, no. 9.
Massachusetts, Hayden Gallery, Loan Exhibition, January - February 1965, no. 20.
Wisconsin, The University of Wisconsin, Jack B. Yeats, May 1972, no. 11.
Montreal, Waddington Galleries, Jack B. Yeats: Paintings, May - June 1975, no. 6.
London, Theo Waddington, Jack B. Yeats: Oil Paintings, October - November 1978, no. 11.
London, Waddington Galleries, Jack B. Yeats, May - June 1987, no. 8.
Bristol, Arnolfini, Jack B. Yeats: The Late Paintings, February - March 1991, no. 17: this exhibition travelled to London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, April - May 1991; and The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, June - September 1991.
Dublin, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Jack B. Yeats, February - March 1995, no. 24.
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

This highly evocative painting is described in Hilary Pyle’s catalogue raisonné as 'The head and shoulders of a young man with a cap, and a bundle on his back, setting out towards the sea, his face touched with golden light' (H. Pyle, op. cit., p. 555). The man's face is looking up to the dawn sky which is tinged with red, purple and yellow, with the brooding clouds rolling in. It is unclear if this is the face of a young man preparing to set out fishing, or perhaps with the title Outward Bound, with his worldly possessions on his shoulder contemplating the moment when he leaves his beloved shores of Ireland in search of another life far away. The atmosphere created by the heavy sky could indicate both moments, and in either case, brings a great sense of emotional tension to the painting.

The first owner was the American sculptor and heiress Helen Hooker, the wife of the famous freedom fighter Ernie O’Malley. O’Malley fought for his belief in an independent Ireland, for which he was imprisoned during the Irish Civil War. When O’Malley was released in 1924, more than a year after the Civil War had ended, he was only 27 years old and vowed to ‘begin life over again’. He was passionate about the arts and travelled to Mexico and the United States, where he met Helen in New York in 1933. They returned to Ireland, where they were married and settled in Dublin in 1935. Mr and Mrs O’Malley became passionate collectors of Irish contemporary art and befriended many of the artists they collected including MacGonigal, Hone, Jellet and of course, Yeats. In the case of this painting, it is possible to imagine that Mrs Ernie O’Malley saw in the work a reflection of her experience with the life she had left behind, and the adventure she had embarked on in a land far from home.


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