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Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 Live auction

Lot # 011

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA 1882 - 1974 Canadian

Sunset, Algoma / Evening, Algoma
double-sided oil on panel 1919
signed and on verso signed twice, titled twice and inscribed $35.00 / 25 Severn St.
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in  21 x 26.7cm

Private Collection, BC

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country, 1958, pages 32 and 46

This work was painted during the 1919 boxcar trip to Algoma, which included Jackson, Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frank Johnston. Algoma was one of Jackson’s favourite areas of Canada, and even though it was large, stretching from south of Sudbury and westward to above Sault St. Marie, he explored much of it. This painting, with clouds aflame with coral and pink, recalls the dramatic skies in the sketches of Tom Thomson, such as Sunset, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Jackson first met Thomson at Lawren Harris’s studio in 1913, and in the first part of 1914 they shared a studio in the famous Studio Building in Toronto. In A Painter’s Country, Jackson relates how they discussed Jackson’s experiences in Europe, and the innovations of the Impressionist painters. Thomson in turn talked enthusiastically about his beloved Algonquin Park, and inspired Jackson to go there with him and Frederick Varley in the autumn of 1914. After bidding Thomson goodbye in Toronto after that trip, Jackson never saw him again. However, although Thomson died mysteriously in Algonquin Park in 1917, he was still very much on the minds of his fellow Group members – as Jackson writes while in Algoma, “The bright sparkling lakes we named after people we admired like Thomson and MacCallum…”. Thomson had a powerful effect on Jackson, as he wrote in admiration, “‘The power of the imagination is put to very feeble use if it seems to merely preserve and reinforce that which already exists.’ Thomson realized that. He gave us the fleeting moment, the mood, the haunting memory of things he felt.”

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $54,625.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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