Anne Yeats

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Anne Butler Yeats (26 February 1919 – 4 July 2001) was an Irish painter and stage designer. She was a daughter of the poet William Butler Yeats and Georgie Hyde-Lees, a niece of the painter Jack B. Yeats, and niece of Lily Yeats. She was an embroiderer associated with the Celtic Revival, and botanic artist Elizabeth Yeats. Her brother Michael Yeats was a politician.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Anne Yeats trained in the Royal Hibernian Academy school from 1933–36 and worked as a stage designer with the Abbey . She was hired by the Abbey Theatre in 1936 as assistant to Tanya Moiseiwitsch. In 1939 she was promoted to head of design at the Abbey until her departure in May 1941[1].

She chose to move towards painting full-time beginning a brief study at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in 1941[1]; she had a touching naive expressionist style and was interested in representing domestic humanity

She designed many of the covers for the books of Irish-language publisher Sáirséal agus Dill over a twenty-year period from 1958.

The Royal Hibernian Academy held a retrospective of her work in 1995, as did the National Gallery of Ireland in 2002. She donated her collection of Jack B. Yeats' sketch books to the National Gallery of Ireland, leading to the creation of the Yeats Museum within the Gallery. Her brother, Michael, in turn, donated her sketchbooks to the Museum.

Yeats never married.

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  1. ^ a b Dictionary of Irish biography : from the earliest times to the year 2002. McGuire, J. I., Quinn, James, 1961-, Royal Irish Academy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2009. ISBN 9780521633314. OCLC 434562664.CS1 maint: others (link)

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