An expressionist painting with visible brush strokes and paint texture of three people moving towards the viewer after leaving a small boat. The sky and sea are dark blue while the men and land are strokes of red, yellow and orange. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

Men of Destiny Art Print

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Men of Destiny was painted at a time of particular, widespread reflection: thirty years after the 1916 Rising, and just a year after the end of the Second World War. Drawing on his visual memory of Sligo fishermen disembarking at Rosses Point and fastening the boats, Yeats explores the notion of figures leaving their daily employment to fight for freedom. The title of the painting refers at once to Ireland (known as ‘Inis Fáil’ or ‘Land of Destiny’), and de Valera’s republican party Fianna Fáil (‘Warriors of Destiny’).

National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.

Dimensions: 50 x 70cm (including white border)


Original Painting Information

Jack B. Yeats, Irish, 1871-1957

Men of Destiny, 1946

Oil on canvas, 51 x 69 cm

Presented, Jack B. Yeats National Loan Exhibition Committee, 1946


© Estate of Jack B Yeats, DACS London/ IVARO Dublin


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