A loose, expressionist painting of a horse running through a dark woods. Primarily painted in blue, black and white, there are touches of yellow and red. The style of painting has visible brush strokes and paint texture.

For the Road Canvas Print

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Yeats displayed a great affection for horses throughout his career. Horses feature prominently in his work, from his earliest watercolours of life in the west of Ireland to his later, more esoteric paintings. In this picture, a spectral horse gallops from the shadows of a wood towards a bright, distant opening, in which a figure in silhouette stands waiting. Skilfully foreshortened, the horse embodies freedom of movement, expressive energy and positive intent. An optimistic painting, it can be read as an allegory of life.


National Gallery of Ireland Canvas Prints feel like having the real painting on your wall. Printed on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas using ultra chrome HDR pigment inks, our canvas prints come rolled in a protective tube with the painting's information.

In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the canvas should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its harmful UV rays.


Dimensions (including border) : 55 cm x 70 cm

Dimensions of image: 37 cm x 55.5 cm


Original Painting Information

Jack B. Yeats, Irish, 1871-1957

For the Road, 1951

Oil on canvas, 61 x 92 cm

Presented, 1978


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

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