John Singer Sargent's William Butler Yeats
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William Butler Yeats
John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Private collection
9 x 6 in.
 Jpg: Friend of the JSS Gallery
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1923. 

He was born in Dublin, the son of John Butler Yeats, a portrait painter. 

John Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats
(the artist's son)

William studied art himself for three years until 1889 when his first collection of poems was published, The Wanderings of Oisin,  and decided to make his living as a writer. 

In 1893 he founded the National Literary Society in Ireland and then a few years later the Irish Literary Theater in 1899 but ended its run in 1901. By 1904 the Irish National Theater Society was formed and Yeats as its director. 

By 1922 he got into politics and was elected to the Irish Senate. He served as Minister of Fine Arts in the Irish Cabinet and helped found the Irish Academy of Letters in 1932. 

The Choice
 The intellect of man is forced to choose
 perfection of the life, or of the work,
 And if it take the second must refuse
 A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
 When all that story's finished, what's the news?
 In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
 That old perplexity an empty purse,
 Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse. 

Special thanks to Arthur Saltzman, of Costa Mesa, CA, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for sending me this image in hard copy. 


John Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987


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