LOT 103

1882 - 1974

oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and titled View of Canmore, Alberta on the Art Gallery of Toronto label and dated Sept. 1947
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in, 26.7 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $40,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Lady Virginia Kemp, Toronto
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
By descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia

Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 170
Dennis Reid, Alberta Rhythm: The Later Work of A.Y. Jackson, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1982, page 24

Art Gallery of Toronto, circa 1950s, catalogue #3

Beginning in 1943, Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson taught summer sessions as an instructor at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and he returned each year (except 1948) until 1949. After his teaching was over, he would spend a month in the region painting the surrounding landscape, because as he stated, “There is some grand country in the west.” Canmore, Alberta, in the valley of the Bow River with a backdrop of the Rockies, was certainly “grand country.” Dennis Reid wrote of this striking area: “Over all the blue arch of sky spanned the wide valley and seemed to rest upon the great ranges on either side, like the dome of a vast cathedral.” This bright, colourful oil sketch, with its dreamy cloud islands floating over the town and mountains, is an outstanding work from this part of Jackson’s oeuvre.

The original owner of this painting, Lady Virginia Kemp, had a notable record of philanthropy. Among her charitable contributions, she was a supporter of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and was elected its president in 1954. Kemp was also a patron of the arts; from 1932 she became a benefactor member of the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Art Gallery of Ontario), and in 1945, formed its Women’s Committee, which managed many projects for the gallery.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

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