W.B. Yeats' younger brother, John (Jack) Butler Yeats, followed in their father's footsteps and took to the paintbrush. Yeats began his career working in oils, depicting landscapes as well as figures from his childhood growing in in Sligo, west Ireland.

Beginning with illustration, Yeats' work movied from Romanticism, in around 1920 to become Expressionist, eventually moving towards Symbolism. Yeats became an important part of modern Dublin in the 20th century, depicting Irish landscapes, horses, circus and travelling players.

It was Yeats' application of paint that made his work so revolutionary. His early paintings played energetically with line and color. Later on in his career, Yeats applied paint thickly, at times even not using a paintbrush last all.

Jack Butler Yeats was the first Irish painter to sell a work for over $1 246 525 (£1 million.) Check out more realized prices for Jack Butler Yeats here.

All pieces featured by Jack Butler Yeats will be part of Whyte's Irish & International Art sale on February 27, 2017. Check out more here.