Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 140
Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA 1882 - 1974 Canadian
oil on panel circa 1930
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label and inscribed "2667B"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7cm
Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, November 10, 1987, lot 57
Private Collection, USA
A.Y. Jackson, A Painter's Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, page 49
A.Y. Jackson reminisced, “Georgian Bay has been one of my happy hunting grounds for camping and fishing at all seasons, and in all kinds of weather.” He first saw it in 1910, followed by a pivotal sketching trip in 1913, when he met Dr. James MacCallum, who offered him the use of his cottage on Go Home Bay and a year’s financial support. Jackson would return often, and its scenery of rocky islets, intricate channels and picturesque bays made Georgian Bay a “happy hunting ground” for sketching subjects. Traveling by canoe, Jackson discovered interesting vantage points for his paintings, such as this atmospheric view of a succession of rocky outcroppings. In the background, trees bend in the wind, hinting at the ever-changing and often tempestuous weather of the bay. Jackson’s love of rhythm shows in the fluid brush-strokes in the rocks. Typical of his palette are the many colour notes revealed on close viewing, such as mauve in the sky and orange, emerald and red in the rocks. Georgian Bay is a fine example of Jackson’s work in this unique landscape for which he had such a great affection.
Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD
Sold For: $21,240.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)