About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/3697
  • First Name: W.B.
  • Last Name: Yeats
  • Variant Names: Yeats, William Butler
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Place of Birth: Sligo
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Public Art: No
  • Manuscript Material: No


W.B. Yeats is best known as a poet but he was also involved in the world of visual art. He studied at the Metroplitan College of Art. He was a governor of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1924 until his death and he was a champion of the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin.