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LOT 115

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
1882 - 1974

Street in Quebec City
oil on panel
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated circa 1925 in the artist's hand and inscribed with the Naomi Jackson Groves Inventory #1556
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $38,025

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

An Important Private Estate, Toronto

Pierre B. Landry, editor, Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Art, Volume Two / G - K, National Gallery of Canada, 1994, a 1934 drawing of this scene entitled Quebec City reproduced page 246, figure 17379

A.Y. Jackson is renowned for his depiction of Quebec’s villages and the rural countryside of the north and south shores of the St. Lawrence. However, urban street scenes such as this superb Group of Seven period sketch of Quebec City are more rare. Buildings tower above a street piled with snow; the tire-tracked road compresses to a vanishing point as it turns the corner. As in his rural scenes, the telephone poles tilt, their bending adding an organic rhythm to the scene. The snow, painted with vigorous brush-strokes, is shadowed with luscious pastel tones of blue and green. Adding to the predominantly warm palette of pink, orange and red, Jackson uses the orange-brown of the bare panel to boldly light up the painting. At this time, the controversy over the boldness of Group artists was still raging, but the high-profile exhibition of Canadian artists at Wembley in England the year before, which included Group members, brought favourable international reviews. Jackson exhibited his masterpiece canvas Terre Sauvage at Wembley, and it was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada, which also has nine of his drawings of Quebec City scenes in its collection.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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