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LOT 107

1882 - 1974

Winter Morning, Laurentians at St-Tite
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated Dec. 1934 and titled on the Watson Galleries label and inscribed "Laurentians at St. Tite"
8 3/8 x 10 1/2 in 21.3 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $115,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, November 15, 1995, lot 39
Private Estate, Montreal

A.Y. Jackson’s early exposure to French Impressionism while studying at the Académie Julian in 1907 is clearly seen in this fine oil sketch, with its gorgeous pink, peach, mauve and blue tones in the snow. The location, the area around Saint-Tite-des-Caps, was one of Jackson’s favourites on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, which he visited from the early 1930s until the mid-1940s. Jackson stayed at the old Hotel Tremblay in the village, sometimes with other artists such as Dr. Frederick Banting, foraying out on snowshoes with his painting kit to sketch on the spot, in spite of the cold. Jackson described Saint-Tite-des-Caps as “one of the places that we loved to paint…” A brilliant blue sky and warm, bright light illuminate the peaceful scene, and Jackson depicts snow gathered thickly on the rolling terrain, his brushwork emphasizing rhythm and texture. Advancing towards us on the winding track through the countryside is Jackson’s iconic horse and sleigh, reflecting his affection for this era in Quebec’s history, when time unfolded slowly and the traditional ways still held.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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