Jack Butler Yeats

About Jack Butler Yeats

Who is it?: Irish artist
Birth Day: August 29, 1871
Birth Place: London, England, British

Jack Butler Yeats

Jack Butler Yeats was born on August 29, 1871 in London, England, British, is Irish artist. One of the most significant Irish painters of the 20th century, Jack Butler “J.B” Yeats was most famous for his beautiful paintings of the Irish landscapes. He began his career as an illustrator for magazines and comic strips before he began exploring painting in oils. He was influenced by French Impressionism and his paintings displayed elements of Romanticism. The subject matter of his painting ranged from Celtic mythology to landscapes and genre paintings. With time he developed his own Expressionistic style of work and used a wide range of bright colours and free brushstrokes. His paintings are noted to share similarities with those of his good friend, the artist Oscar Kokoschka. Although not active in the Irish Republican movement, he expressed his sympathy towards the cause through his moving and realistic depictions of the urban and rural life in Ireland to portray a modern Dublin. His painting of a girl placing flowers at the place where British soldiers had shot down Irish volunteers who were unsuccessfully trying to prevent arms from landing was a poignant expression of the nationalist sentiments prevalent during those times. In addition to being a painter, he was also the author of several books and had an interest in theatre.
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As per our current Database, Jack Butler Yeats has been died on 28 March 1957(1957-03-28) (aged 85)\nDublin, Ireland.

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When Jack Butler Yeats die, Jack Butler Yeats was 85 years old.

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Occupation Painters
Age 85 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born August 29, 1871 (London, England, British)
Birthday August 29
Town/City London, England, British
Nationality British

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Jack Butler Yeats’s zodiac sign is Virgo. According to astrologers, Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.

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Butler's early style was that of an illustrator; he only began to work regularly in oils in 1906. His early pictures are simple lyrical depictions of landscapes and figures, predominantly from the west of Ireland—especially of his boyhood home of Sligo. Yeats's work contains elements of Romanticism.


Besides painting, Yeats had a significant interest in theatre and in literature. He was a close friend of Samuel Beckett. He designed sets for the Abbey Theatre, and three of his own plays were also produced there. He wrote novels in a stream of consciousness style that Joyce acknowledged, and also many essays. His literary works include The Careless Flower, The Amaranthers (much admired by Beckett), Ah Well, A Romance in Perpetuity, And To You Also, and The Charmed Life. Yeats's paintings usually bear poetic and evocative titles. Indeed, his father recognized that Jack was a far better Painter than he, and also believed that 'some day I will be remembered as the father of a great poet, and the poet is Jack'. He was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1916. He died in Dublin in 1957, and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery.


From around 1920, he developed into an intensely Expressionist Artist, moving from illustration to Symbolism. He was sympathetic to the Irish Republican cause, but not politically active. However, he believed that 'a Painter must be part of the land and of the life he paints', and his own artistic development, as a Modernist and Expressionist, helped articulate a modern Dublin of the 20th century, partly by depicting specifically Irish subjects, but also by doing so in the light of universal themes such as the loneliness of the individual, and the universality of the plight of man. Samuel Beckett wrote that "Yeats is with the great of our time... because he brings light, as only the great dare to bring light, to the issueless predicament of existence." The Marxist art critic and author John Berger also paid tribute to Yeats from a very different perspective, praising the Artist as a "great painter" with a "sense of the Future, an awareness of the possibility of a world other than the one we know".


Yeats was born in London, England. He was the youngest son of Irish portraitist John Butler Yeats and the brother of W. B. Yeats, who received the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature. He grew up in Sligo with his maternal grandparents, before returning to his parents' home in London in 1887. Early in his career he worked as an Illustrator for magazines like the Boy's Own Paper and Judy, drew comic strips, including the Sherlock Holmes parody "Chubb-Lock Homes" for Comic Cuts, and wrote articles for Punch under the pseudonym "W. Bird". In 1894 he married Mary Cottenham, also a native of England and two years his senior, and resided in Wicklow according to the Census of Ireland, 1911.


Yeats holds the distinction of being Ireland's first medalist at the Olympic Games in the wake of creation of the Irish Free State. At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Yeats' painting The Liffey Swim won a silver medal in the arts and culture segment of the Games. In the competition records the painting is simply entitled Swimming.


In November 2010, one of Yeats's works, A Horseman Enters a Town at Night, painted in 1948 and previously owned by Novelist Graham Greene, sold for nearly £350,000 at a Christie's auction in London. A smaller work, Man in a Room Thinking, painted in 1947, sold for £66,000 at the same auction. In 1999 the painting, The Wild Ones, had sold at Sotheby's in London for over £1.2m, the highest price yet paid for a Yeats painting. Adam's Auctioneers hold the Irish record for a Yeats painting which sold for €1,000,000 hammer in September 2011

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