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Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 171

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

Lake Superior
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated August 1955
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in  26.7 x 34.3cm

Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Victoria

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter's Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, page 46

A.Y. Jackson first saw Lake Superior with Lawren Harris in 1921, when they traveled to its north shore, and while Harris was transfixed by its stark, dramatic vistas of lake and sky, Jackson was drawn to its rocky hills and small pools. Jackson declared, "I know of no more impressive scenery in Canada for the landscape painter," and for the next few years, the North Shore was a regular destination. Later, the eastern shore became one of his regular painting places after he built a cabin in 1955 at Twidale Bay. He sketched there frequently during summers in the 1950s and 1960s, painting more intimate scenes of Lake Superior, with waves lapping its rocky shores and small beaches. Lushly painted, this work is dominated by a palette of green and brown tones, but close scrutiny reveals Jackson's bold use of colour, with strokes of pink and mauve in the tree trunks, dots of bright blue on the rocks, and in the water, strokes of mauve and grey, animated by a sliver of brilliant emerald at the edge of a wave.

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

Sold For: $44,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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