This is one of Yeats's late paintings. During the last twenty years of his life, he often took subject matter from his past, returning to Celtic mythology and the landscapes of his beloved Sligo. In the final decade of his life Yeats also became friendly with the artist Oskar Kokoschka. Kokoschka influenced Yeats's work to become more expressionistic in style, although Yeats normally sought to remain distinct from artistic movements. This landscape features Queen Maeve, the legendary fairy queen, who is reputed to have been buried in Sligo.