Lot # 181
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

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

Hills, St-Urbain
oil on panel
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1930 on the Roberts Gallery label and inscribed "8734S" and "859/77"
8 3/8 x 10 1/2 in  21.3 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the Artist by Dr. Arnold Mason
Given by Dr. Mason to Mrs. Margaret Kirkpatrick as a wedding gift, 1937
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Dennis Reid, Alberta Rhythm: The Later Work of A.Y. Jackson, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1982, page 10

A.Y. Jackson sketched annually in the Laurentians and surrounding hilly terroir of Quebec. One of his favourite areas to visit and paint was St-Urbain, and he was passionate about the culture, people and unique character of this landscape. Jackson’s acclaim as a painter was derived from the immediacy of his plein air sketches. On occasion, Arthur Lismer critiqued his good friend’s work and perceptively stated, “There is something cosmic in his interpretation of the movement of earth and sky and weather forms in his paintings, but he never pushes the medium to extravagant expression. Always it seems that he grasps the fundamental unity of spirit and technique.” Hills, St-Urbain is a prime example of Jackson’s mastery of these elements. It is an important and beautifully composed sketch from the Group of Seven period in which he captures the bold sensation of sunlight, delicate tonalities of colour in the snow and shadows, as well as the strength and rhythm of the land.

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