LOT 112

1882 - 1974

Wild Cherry
oil on board, circa 1925
signed faintly and on verso titled on the gallery labels, inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #G4958 and stamped with the Dominion Gallery stamp
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in, 21 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $34,250

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Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
By descent to a Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 30, 2018, lot 112
Private Collection, Vancouver

John A.B. McLeish, September Gale: A Study of Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven, 1955, page 92

Our atmosphere was clear and sharp, our colours were bright (crude if you will). The villages were scattered and the landscape untidy, ragged as you went north, swamp, rock, wolf-ridden…In summer it was green, raw greens all in a tangle; in autumn it flamed with red and gold; in winter it was wrapped in a blanket of dazzling snow, and in the springtime it roared with new life and yet our artists were advised to go to Europe and paint smelly canals! If a cow could stay in the drawing-room, then why couldn’t a bull moose?

- A.Y. Jackson, from a debate between traditionalist E. Wyly Grier and Jackson, Empire Club, February 26, 1925

This fine Group of Seven period oil sketch embodies A.Y. Jackson’s passionately expressed principles. Gold and the flaming red of wild cherry trees light up his autumn landscape, which radiates a solemn stillness. Bold rock formations, mysterious dark hills, and water reflecting sky and trees are handled in a fine balance in this wild and impressive scene, in exactly the fresh and innovative portrayal of the Canadian landscape that Jackson advocated.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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