ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Wayne Larsen, A.Y. Jackson: The
Life of the Landscape Painter, Toronto, 2009, page 191.
For many years, March was the month A.Y. Jackson would venture to the lower St. Lawrence to paint the snowy hills and quaint villages of this region. By the late 1940’s, however, progress had changed the area. He wrote in 1946, “We are going modern – snowmobiles all over the place; new houses, and the old ones done over in tin, imitation brick, and other artist-proof abominations.”
As Jackson ventured over the hills in Ontario a decade later, he must have appreciated this grouping of old buildings, unadorned and holding steady against the elements. The focus of this painting is the group of wooden structures sitting atop a hill, a distant ridge rolling up into the frame, and stretching out to the horizon. The depiction of the snow gives a sense of the direction of the prevailing winds; the wooden shacks have made it through another winter, unchanged.