LOT 112

1882 - 1974

Autumn, Lake Superior
oil on panel, circa 1921
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Studio Bldg / Severn St. / Toronto" and "#8732-S"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $58,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Estate of Ken Stephenson, Calgary

Wayne Larsen, A.Y. Jackson: The Life of a Landscape Painter, 2009, page 116

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Trailblazer Donor Event, May 12, 1990

After the Group of Seven’s trip to Algoma in the fall of 1921, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris continued on to the north shore of Lake Superior for the first time, stopping at Schreiber and Rossport. In the autumn of 1922, Jackson and Harris returned to Lake Superior, this time to Coldwell and the surrounds. Camping and sketching there was challenging, for as Jackson described, “The elements in that country could break loose with wild and malicious fury.” Their experiences contributed to the Group’s rugged reputation for enduring the uncomfortable to capture a great scene.

Jackson often focused on the hillsides around Lake Superior, but in this fine Group period sketch he also includes a panoramic view of the lake. Contrasted with the grey-based tonalities of lake, sky and mountains, the rich reds, oranges and golds of autumn foliage blaze with brilliance. Jackson expressed his heartfelt admiration of the Lake Superior landscape, stating: “There is a sublime order to it, the long curves of the beaches, the sweeping ranges of hills, and headlands that push out into the lake…..In the autumn the whole country glows with colour; the huckleberry and pincherry turn crimson, the mountain ash is loaded with red berries, the poplar and birch turn yellow and the tamarac greenish gold.”

For the biography on Ken Stephenson in PDF format please click here.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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