ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
The village of Wakefield sits on the banks of the Gatineau river north of Ottawa. This was well travelled terrain for A.Y. Jackson in the late forties, fifties and sixties during which he produced many colourful portraits of little clusters of farms and their out buildings, and are the subjects of some of Jackson's most loved paintings. He would most often sketch in these areas in late winter and early spring. Here we are presented with a charming group of utilitarian dwellings and barns, gilded in the afternoon sun. It's a pleasing composition which could be why Jackson chose this vantage point to set down his stool. The buildings draw the eye from one to the next, finally up to the horizon where the azure blue sky is cloudless and serene. The mastery of technique is evident in this snapshot of rural life in a Canadian riverside village.