Anne Yeats

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Anne Butler Yeats was a painter and theatre designer. Yeats was born in Dublin on 26 February 1919, she is the daughter of William Butler Yeats and Georgie Hyde-Lees, and niece of Jack Butler Yeats. Yeats attended the Royal Hibernian Academy schools under Maurice MacGonigal, Dermod O’Brien, and Henry Tisdall. In 1936, she was hired by the Abbey Theatre as an assistant to Tanya Moiseiwitsch, and subsequently studied at the School of Theatre Design in Paris. In 1939, she became head of design at the Abbey Theatre, also designing later for the Peacock Theatre, the Cork Opera House, the Olympia and Gaiety Theatre, and Lyric Theatre from 1941 onwards. She attended the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art briefly before studying History of European Art at University College Dublin. She was represented in the first Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943 and served as a committee member from 1947, while also being an early member of Aosdána.

Yeats returned to Paris in 1947 to study modern painting. From 1952 to 1954, she attended classes with Nevill Johnson, and from 1949 she travelled throughout European, India, Egypt, and frequently to the United States. In the 1950s, Yeats began illustrating books while also completing public murals. In 1969, she collaborated with her brother Michael Yeats in reviving the Cuala Press and sharing the Yeats family papers and works. A retrospective exhibition of her work was held in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1995. She participated in group exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Monaco, and Scotland.  

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