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Queen Maeve Walked upon this Strand
© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Queen Maeve Walked upon this Strand 1950

Not on display

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.

Glossary Open


A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.


Refers to figures and events from myths which are the ancient stories that usually explain the origins of historical or natural phenomena.

Expressionism, Mythological


  • Acc. No. GMA 1245
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.50 x 122.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1971