Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA
1882 - 1974
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled, dated 1912 on the Art Gallery of Ontario label and numbered with the AGO accession #81/69 on the 1984 AGO inventory label
21 1/2 x 25 13/16 in, 54.6 x 65.6 cm
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold for: $46,250
Collection of Professor and Mrs. Wm. O. Fennell, Toronto
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Wm. O. Fennell, Toronto, in memory of J.H. Birkenshaw to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1981, AGO accession #81/69
Wayne Larsen, A.Y. Jackson: The Life of a Landscape Painter, 2009, page 42
In 1911, A.Y. Jackson went on a third trip to Europe, arriving in France on October 5. During 1912, he spent time in Paris and numerous French towns until October, when he traveled to Assisi, Italy, joining his English cousin Will Beck and his friends the Brooke family. Wayne Larsen writes, “Assisi proved to be another fertile ground for Jackson, who spent much time roaming through the hills and painting in the large studio of the Brookes’ rented house…the local sites included the thirteenth-century church and monastery that housed many frescoes and paintings devoted to the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, most of which were believed to have been the work of Giotto. Inspired by these hallowed surroundings, he worked day and night.” Jackson spent almost two months there before leaving for Venice.
The influence of the French Impressionists can be seen in Jackson’s luscious use of pastel hues in the high walls of the buildings. Pink, pale green and cream brushwork creates an evocative impression of mottled, eroding surfaces, while architectural details such as the old streetlamps and an arched doorway add atmospheric charm. Assisi is an outstanding canvas from Jackson’s inspired time in this historic Italian town.
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