Anne Butler Yeats
Coole Park - Oil
Anne Butler Yeats, was born in Dublin in 1919, into one of the best known artistic
families of Irish culture. She studied art at the Royal Hibernian Academy and went on to become the chief stage designer for the Abbey Theatre. In the 1940s she returned to painting and took a course at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, now known as the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), under the artist Sean Keating.
In 1947 she was elected to the Committee of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art and from the late 1940s onwards her artwork was widely exhibited both at home and abroad, with shows in America,
Germany, and the Netherlands, along with the Irish Exhibition of Living
Art, Taispeantas an Oireachtas. She took part in solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries and venues such as the New Gallery, Belfast; the Dawson Gallery, Dublin; the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin; the Taylor
Galleries, Dublin; and the University of Winnipeg, Canada.
As an artist, Anne painted brightly
coloured landscapes, still-lifes,
and figure paintings, in what can be described as a naive expressionistic style, largely using oils. The influence of her uncle Jack B. Yeats can be seen in her bold, thick application of paint. Anne's expressionist style of painting also owes to her time as a set designer for the stage as her works have a sense of drama and monumentality.
Anne Yeats died in 2001. The following year, a memorial exhibition
of 20 paintings and drawings, including sketchbooks donated by her brother
Michael Yeats, was held at the National
Gallery of Ireland. She donated
her collection of Jack B. Yeats' sketch books to the National Gallery
of Ireland, enabling the creation of the Yeats Museum within the Gallery.
Her paintings are held in private and public collections worldwide, including, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; The Hugh
Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin; The Ulster
Museum, Belfast; Trinity
College, Dublin; Sligo County Gallery, Sligo and The Arts
Council of Ireland.