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LOT 130

1882 - 1974

Canmore, Alta.
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated August 1949
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in 26.7 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist
By descent to a Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian Landscapes: Group of Seven & Their Contemporaries, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, October 25, 2018, lot 323
Private Collection, Vancouver

Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 170

The landscape of Alberta held a strong interest for A.Y. Jackson in the second half of the 1940s. He was teaching summer school at the Banff School of Arts (1949 was his last summer there), and Canmore was only 15 miles east of Banff. He found Canmore’s landscape setting exciting – it was in the valley of the Bow River, and within sight of the stunning Mount Rundle and Three Sisters peaks. Jackson commented, “Over all the blue arch of sky spanned the wide valley and seemed to rest upon the great ranges on either side, like the dome of a vast cathedral.” These rough cabins project the warmth of their occupants, along with the dogs and garden patch of sunflowers. In contrast to the charm of the quotidian, the towering grandeur of the mountains is romantic and enduring. Jackson’s love of rhythm is pronounced here - in the roll of the land, the flanks of the mountain and the remarkable cloud formations in the sky—and his sensitive awareness of light edging the clouds and reflecting off the ice and snow on the mountain adds much to this vivacious sketch.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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