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