Lot # 138
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

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

oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated Oct. 1944 and inscribed "Cowley, Alta."
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in  26.7 x 34.3cm

Dr. Merritt James and Anne Brayton, Alberta
By descent to the present Private Collection, USA

Dennis Reid, Alberta Rhythm: The Later Work of A.Y. Jackson, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1982, page 24

A.Y. Jackson was very familiar with the Alberta landscape, as from the late 1930s he often made trips to visit his brother Ernest in Lethbridge, and from 1943 to 1947, he taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the summers. Jackson recorded not only raw land, but also ranch buildings, grain elevators and small towns such as Cowley, in the district of Pincher Creek. In this charming painting, our eye travels up the road towards a cluster of buildings, a distinctive church and the two lone figures. In 1944, the year he produced this painting, Jackson had a long stay based in Alberta, and he wrote to his niece, “Have had a busy time sketching in Rosebud, Kamloops, Canmore, Cowley and Pincher Creek…Getting to know the west.” This work delightfully captures the quiet rhythm of small-town life, expertly rendered by the experienced and confident hand of Jackson, who had grown to know the West so well.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD  
Sold for: $25,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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