Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
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ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Private Collection, Ontario
1955 marked the end of an era for Jackson, as he had moved out of his long-term Toronto studio at 25 Severn Street. Jackson first moved into this studio in 1914 with Tom Thomson and it became a communal artist-space for many years until it was sold by Lawren Harris in 1948. Jackson notes, “so I left the Studio Building with few regrets. I had lived there for thirty-five years and it was time to move”.
In March 1955, Jackson bought land in Manotick, Ontario and spent the autumn sketching in Algoma and the winter in the Ottawa Valley region with Ralph Burton. This double-sided painting was produced that year. The front side presents a quiet winter scene with a river running between a log pile in the foreground and a rustic barn in the back. The colours and themes of the painting suggest that it could have been painted during Jackson’s November trip to the Ottawa Valley region. The verso of the panel looks to be painted earlier in the year, before the winter snowfall, and could have been produced during Jackson’s early-autumn sketches in Algoma.
Jackson, A.Y., A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson (Clarke, Irwin & Company: Toronto, 1964), 189.
Very good condition.
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