Dockers, swimmers, and dancers
in Painting Dublin, 1886–1949
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Chapter 3 will show how the depiction of Dublin city and urban life was a consistent theme the work of Jack Butler Yeats (1871–1957) with paintings extending over a wide range of urban subjects and themes, including newspaper boys, flower sellers and dock workers, busy bridges, and the docks. Through a focus on Yeats’s engagement with urban culture generally, and with Dublin in particular, this chapter will readdress this imbalance, demonstrating how his city paintings engage with themes of poverty, sexuality, and popular culture in the early to mid-twentieth century; for example, in relation to jazz and morality. The artist’s routine of walking the city and observing daily life will be shown through his collection of sketchbooks and scrapbooks.

Painting Dublin, 1886–1949

Visualising a changing city

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