Peter Murray

A History of Irish Art 5

Œuvres et écrits de Jack Butler Yeats

A History of Irish Art 5

The art and writings of Jack Butler Yeats

While the paintings of Jack Yeats remain well-known, his novels, plays and other writings have faded into relative obscurity. Yet an understanding of Yeats’s creativity, and the position he maintained, between the tensions of Modernism and tradition in Ireland, is not possible without reference to his writings. This lecture examines the various creative persona adopted by Yeats over his lifetime, with particular reference to Samuel Beckett, and looks at how his paintings relate to his writings.

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