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Off the Donegal Coast

The diagonal composition in Off the Donegal Coast derives from a drawing made by Yeats in 1906 (in the National Galley of Ireland) for J M Synge's The Aran Islands, showing four fishermen in their canvas canoe, or currach, pausing momentarily on a great billow to look over at land on the horizon. The Donegal islands are even more remote than Aran, and the traditional craft were used from prehistor…