LOT 106

1882 - 1974

Quebec Village
oil on panel on board, circa 1930
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label and inscribed "7934"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

Sold for: $61,250

Preview at:

Continental Galleries Inc., Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia

Wayne Larsen, A.Y. Jackson: The Life of a Landscape Painter, 2009, page 113

During the 1920s, A.Y. Jackson rarely missed his annual late winter / early spring trips to the Quebec villages on the north and south shores of the St. Lawrence River. In 1930, Jackson sketched at Saint-Fidèle, Les Éboulements and Saint-Urbain, Quebec. Paintings such as this were at the heart of Jackson’s oeuvre. One senses in them the affection he felt for these small villages, as yet untouched by modernization. His autobiography A Painter’s Country is full of stories about his stays in various villages—at small hotels or boarding with families, eating their home-cooked meals (very important when he was outside painting in the cold!) and enjoying simple entertainment. Jackson took to snowshoes while searching for subjects, and as a consequence, was nicknamed “Père Raquette.” Marius Barbeau, the French Canadian folklorist, anthropologist and a lifelong friend of Jackson, maintained this was more than a simple nickname. As Wayne Larsen wrote, “It symbolized Jackson’s closeness to his fellow Quebecers and his understanding of the rural culture in that province.” This is a classic Group of Seven period Quebec village painting, replete with charming features such as the small flock of birds flying overhead, the colourful houses, and the bell tower of the church rising into a rich blue sky. Sunshine floods the tranquil scene, creating a mood of timeless reverie.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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