LOT 102

1882 - 1974

Château Belge
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 21.10.17 and inscribed "Perth, Ont"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in, 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at:

Warwick Gallery Ltd., Vancouver
Brock Galleries, Penticton
Private Collection, Vancouver

World War I disrupted the lives of all Canadians, including A.Y. Jackson. Although he had recently moved to Toronto at the invitation of Lawren Harris and J.E.H. MacDonald, Jackson returned to Montreal to enlist. He was deployed to the front, and after convalescing from wounds he received in June of 1916, he was posted—to his great good fortune—to the War Records Office as an official war artist. Lord Beaverbrook promoted him to this role in his belief that painters, not photographers, could most fully express the war’s impact.

This work was likely painted in Ypres, not far from where Jackson had been wounded at Maple Copse, since his sketch House of Ypres (collection of the Canadian War Museum) also dates from late fall 1917. His strong brushwork in an earthy palette, brightened by strokes of white and soft grey, shows a synthesis of his Canadian style with the modernist influences he was experimenting with before the war. Château Belge is a fascinating wartime document from Jackson, and one of the few not held in the collection of the Canadian War Museum.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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