Olympics: Summer Olympics, 1924
Award: Silver medal
Irish painter Jack Butler Yeats, younger brother of famous poet W.B. Yeats, began his art career as an illustrator for magazines. He eventually moved onto oil painting, and many of his works were inspired by his home country landscape, with elements of Expressionism and Romanticism. Yeats' painting The Liffey Swim, which depicted an annual Dublin swimming race, won the silver medal at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.