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

Lot # 124

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

Tamarack, Algoma
oil on panel
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1919
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Galerie l'Art Français Ltée., Montreal
Private Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
A.Y. Jackson, "Sketching in Algoma," Canadian Forum, March 1921, page 175

This extraordinary sketch would have been produced during the Group of Seven's 1919 autumn boxcar trip to Algoma. These sketching trips have become legendary - members of the Group, which on this trip included A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frank Johnston, took a fully outfitted boxcar up the Algoma Central Railway, pulled off on a siding, and proceeded to explore and sketch the surrounding mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, swamps, cliffs and canyons. All agreed Algoma was a painter's paradise, and they worked feverishly to capture what they saw. In a Canadian Forum article, Jackson wrote enthusiastically, "From sunlight in the hardwoods with bleached violet-white tree trunks against a blaze of red and orange, we wander into the denser spruce and pine woods, where the sunlight filters through - gold and silver splashes - playing with startling vividness on a birch trunk or patch of green moss. Such a subject would change entirely every ten minutes…." Richly pigmented with autumn colours from the carpet of ground vegetation to the golden tamarack trees, this fine Group period sketch revels in the beauty of fall in Algoma.

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

Sold For: $59,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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