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Jack Butler Yeats THE TRAIN THROUGH THE WOODS
Lot 10
Price Realised: €60,000
Estimate: €60,000 - €90,000
Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE TRAIN THROUGH THE WOODS Oil on panel, 9" x 14" (22.8 x 35.6cm), signed; inscribed verso. 1925. Provenance: Harry Hall (acquired at the 1928 exhibition) with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London; Private Colle... Read more
Lot 10 - THE TRAIN THROUGH THE WOODS by Jack Butler Yeats Lot 10 Jack Butler Yeats THE TRAIN THROUGH THE WOODS
Estimate: €60,000 - €90,000
Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
THE TRAIN THROUGH THE WOODS
Oil on panel, 9" x 14" (22.8 x 35.6cm), signed; inscribed verso. 1925.

Provenance: Harry Hall (acquired at the 1928 exhibition) with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London; Private Collection of Peter O'Toole, London; Christie's, London 10 May 2007, lot 92; Private Collection, U.K.

Exhibited; Dublin, Engineer's Hall, Jack B. Yeats, October 1925, cat.no.29
London, Arthur Tooth & Sons, Jack B. Yeats: Paintings, March-April 1928, cat.no.19
Dublin, R.H.A Gallagher Gallery, Jack B. Yeats, February-March 1995, cat.no.6
Manchester, City Art Galleries, Jack B. Yeats: A Celtic Visionary, March-April 1996,
Cat.no.1; this exhibition travelled to Leeds, City Art Gallery, April-June 1996, Belfast,
Ormeau Baths Gallery, June-July 1996

Literature
Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats, A Catalogue Raisonne of Oil Paintings I, Andre Deutsch, London, 1992, p.249, cat. 275 (ill.), and III, p.117, cat.no.275 (ill.)
Richard Gray (ed.), Jack B. Yeats: A Celtic Visionary, City Art Gallery, Manchester, 1996,p.9

This atmospheric painting by Yeats captures a train journey through bright, leafy woods, the shifting leaves which can be seen through the windows providing a contrast to the dark interior of the carriage.  The carriage appears ornate and even luxurious, harking back to a time when train travel was an exciting excursion, the windows of the carriage providing a moving picture and view of the world which was out of the ordinary, and Yeats renders the scenery beyond the carriage windows and its almost golden light with a deft hand.  Taking inspiration from everyday life, Yeats would return to the train carriage and its passengers for subsequent paintings, including Man in a Train, Thinking (1928) and Looking Forward, Looking Back (1945).  

This painting was formerly in the collection of the famous actor Peter O'Toole, best known for his portrayal of T.E Lawrence in the film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962.
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