The Circus Dwarf
Jack Butler Yeats, the poet W. B. Yeats' brother, has been recognized
prominent Irish painter of the early twentieth century. One of three
Irish painters at the show, Yeats began as many of the Ashcans did, as a
newspaper and magazine
illustratormost notably for Punch. The artist's father, primarily a
portrait painter, was much
admired by Robert Henri, who met him when he visited New York in
1911 to promote his son's poetry. Yeats' early work can be compared to
Henri and the other
artists. Circus Dwarf (left) is
character study much like Henri's portraits, and The Political Meeting
resonates with John Sloan's portrayals of urban crowds. Other Irish artists in
included George Russell, better known as the poet Æ, and Nathaniel Hone.
All three painters were well patronized by John Quinn, who generously lent to and purchased from the Armory Show.
English, Irish and German Paintings and Drawings