LOT 107

1882 - 1974

Poplar Wood
oil on panel
signed and on verso titled as Poplar Woods on the gallery labels, dated 1922 and inscribed "ST# B379" / "588A" / "no. 2660" / "3962" / "J"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William Barrie Waite, Vancouver

In fall of 1922, A.Y. Jackson painted with Lawren Harris at Lake Superior, and in November at Georgian Bay, on Lake Huron. Due to the geography depicted in this sketch—mountains in the distance beyond a sliver of water—it is likely from Lake Superior. Also, in a quote about his camping and sketching trip to Lake Superior, he mentions the poplar turning yellow when he was sketching there. This is a classic Group composition featuring multiple layers of landscape – foreground rock formations, the clump of poplar trees with their interesting bark patterns, then beyond a screen of trees, a distant view of a slice of water and mountains. Jackson creates an interesting contrast between the poplars, which are still, and the background trees, which seem to bend back as if pushed by the wind. Not only are the poplars positioned centrally, their very stillness makes the viewer’s eye go straight to them. Jackson’s palette lights the panel with a blaze of autumn colours – radiant orange, vivid yellow and bright greenish gold. The moody sky of dark blue and orange provides a contrast that pushes the bright foreground forward. A celebration of the Canadian wilderness in its stunning fall colours, this Group of Seven period Jackson is a gem.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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