Lot # 182
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

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

Les Éboulements, Qué.
oil on panel
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated circa 1928 and inscribed with the Naomi Jackson Groves Inventory #978
8 1/8 x 10 1/2 in  20.6 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

The vistas from Les Éboulements on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence were quite striking, and A.Y. Jackson visited there numerous times on his sketching trips during the 1920s. The word éboulement – or landslide – derives from its geological history dating back to 1663, when severe earthquakes rocked the area for seven months, causing the whole face of the cliff to collapse. Those unusual steep cliffs are featured in this striking oil sketch, with the Laurentians towering behind. It is a classic Group of Seven period sketch, a Quebec winter scene dominated by Jackson’s vigorous, loaded brush-strokes and his discerning eye for balance between the grandness of landscape and the more intimate foreground of the boats. Streaks of brilliant green define the edges of a beached sailboat and splash out into the nearby rocks, illuminating the earthy palette and overcast light. As always with a fine Jackson sketch, there is a liveliness in the rhythm of form in the work and, of course, the sense of Jackson’s great affection for the North Shore.

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