LOT 137

1882 - 1974

Maples in Spring
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1967 and inscribed "SK 1965"
25 1/8 x 33 1/8 in 63.8 x 84.1 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

An Important Corporate Collection, Canada

Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 60

The same climatic conditions that AY likes for his early spring sketching – cold nights that stiffen up the last of winter’s snow in interesting shapes and warm days with brilliant sunshine – are of course the perfect weather for Maple Sugar Time in eastern Canada.

—Naomi Jackson Groves

In this impressive canvas, A.Y. Jackson showed the tradition of collecting maple sap with pails attached to the trees. Jackson was familiar with this process; in the 1940s, he spent several spring seasons in Quebec’s Saint-Aubert district near his brother Harry’s farm, where he depicted the shanties used for processing maple sap. From 1955, Jackson lived in Manotick, and this studio canvas was based on a 1966 oil sketch executed on the spot during his late winter–early spring sketching season in the Ottawa–Gatineau area. Maples in Spring exhibits Jackson’s early Impressionist influences from France, in the play of pastels in the blue-shadowed snow and rippling mauve, yellow, blue and green sky. This is a striking composition with the bare tree branches forming an upward whorl-like movement – the entire painting seems aware, alive and in movement.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

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