Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Laing Galleries, Toronto, ON
Joyner Waddington's, Toronto, 3 Dec 2002, lot 180
Joyner Waddington's, Toronto, 22 Nov 2010, lot 78
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
Jackson’s lifetime of travels across Canada produced a wonderful record of the nation’s landscape, people and industry. Here the artist’s double-sided sketch shows two parts of the country. The recto depicts a rarely recorded part of Northwestern Ontario near Red Lake at the Hasaga Gold Mine operation (active from 1938 – 1952). The verso appears to be a sketch of the Alberta foothills – a part of our country that Jackson visited many times on his sketching trips. In A Painter’s Country, Jackson speaks about these two locations in nearly the same breath when describing his concerns about the foregrounds in his sketches – a possible indication of how he determined the recto and verso of this double-sided sketch:
“…the foothills of Alberta, with the mountains as a background, afford the artist endless material. The foregrounds are a problem, because so often there is nothing but a few weeds, scrub or stubble to get hold of….In Northern Ontario the foregrounds are so crowded it is usually a matter of eliminating or simplifying much of the material.”1
1Jackson, Alexander Young, A Painter's Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, p.146-147
The work is in excellent condition with no visible issues to report. Because of the historical labels on the work, the work has not been examined out of the frame.
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