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Imaginative Cognition in the Paintings of Jack B Yeats

Ruth Byrne, Professor of Cognitive Science, was invited by the National Gallery of Ireland’s Head Curator, Dr Brendan Rooney, and curator of Irish Art, Donal Maguire, to collaborate in the Jack B Yeats “Painting and Memory” exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Her article ‘Imaginative Cognition in the Paintings of Jack B Yeats’ was published in the “Jack B Yeats Painting and Memory” Exhibition Companion Book (2021, National Gallery of Ireland). The National Gallery of Ireland podcast series includes a podcast of her conversation with Brendan Rooney on memory and imagination in Yeats’s paintings.

The Jack B Yeats Painting and Memory exhibition is open at the National Gallery of Ireland from September 2021 to February 2022.

Image credit: Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957), Pilot Sligo River. © The Estate of Jack B. Yeats, DACS London, IVARO Dublin, 2020 Private Collection. Image courtesy of