A brush with Genius
John (or ‘Jack’ Butler Yeats b. 1861 – 1957, London was the brother of the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats. His romantic expressionistic art explored the Irish way of life, horse racing and Celtic myth. He started his artistic career at 17 and over his lifetime he produced over a thousand works.
His early work was realistic but after 1920s onwards his work became more expressive and went from the more graphic to the use of thickly applied impasto, which seems to have become a trademark of his. Yeats’s use of this medium, thickly applied does not translate to screen very well, though it does give you a slight hint of the lyrical way he applies oil. In my opinion the paintings are better seen in a gallery setting.
Yeats’s later work was inspired by Austrian expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka (b. 1886 – 1980) who was also a poet and writer and playwright like Yeats. I shall be doing a post about this fabulous artist whom I greatly admire at a later date