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LOT 133

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

Laurentian Winter
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled and dated circa 1930 on the gallery and exhibition labels and numbered with the accession #99/32 on the Art Gallery of Ontario Permanent Collection label
18 1/4 x 24 1/4 in 46.4 x 61.6 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

G. Blair Laing Limited, Toronto
Gift of the Estate of Jennings David Young, Toronto, to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1999, AGO accession #99/32

Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 76

Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, Artist's 90th Birthday, September 24 - October 6, 1972

This is a quintessential A.Y. Jackson rural Quebec winter scene, including one of the artist’s favourite motifs of a farmhouse and old barn, its structure made sway-backed over time by the contours of the land. Jackson loved Quebec’s old barns and sought them out. L’Islet and Charlevoix Counties, where Jackson often painted, had the most distinctive barns, from ones with steep-pitched roofs to the two-storeyed or banked barn and the mansard-roof barn, made of wood because it was better for ventilation. However, as Naomi Jackson Groves commented, “They want to last…but alas, nothing lasts forever, except maybe the Laurentian hills. By the mid-thirties, Jackson was beginning to worry about the disappearance of the traditional barns…‘Barns are getting scarce,’ ” he lamented from Saint-Tite-des-Caps in 1937. By 1960, hardly a dozen remained in Quebec, according to R.-L. Séguin, who wrote a monograph on the subject. The setting of Laurentian Winter is striking – hills roll up behind the buildings, extending out into the blue haze of the distant Laurentians – and Jackson’s marvellous awareness of rhythm pervades the work, even up into the undulation of clouds in the sky.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

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