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LOT 177

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

Snow on the Hills, Great Bear Lake
oil on board
signed and on verso titled and dated Sept. 1950
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in 26.7 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Sold for: $40,950

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country, The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, page 152

The landscape of the Great Bear Lake region was particularly interesting to A.Y. Jackson. In his autobiography he writes of the region: “It was an exciting country; with its moss and lichen and small plants turning red and orange, it looked like a rich tapestry; and big boulders were strewn about everywhere.” This oil sketch was painted in 1950 on his third visit to the area – his previous trips were in 1938 and 1949 – and he was accompanied by painter Dr. Maurice Haycock and Bob Jenkins, a Port Radium mine employee. A bush pilot dropped off the three men for a one-week period during which they were fully immersed in the landscape. Jackson was happiest when painting in nature, and this sketch conveys the affection that he held for this northern land, despite the bitter cold and snow flurries. The cool water, rolling mountains and bare trees are highlighted by the autumn colours of the bush, making Snow on the Hills, Great Bear Lake a rhythmic and striking image of the land Jackson found so exciting.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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