ARCA CGP CSGA CSPWC OSA P11
1909 - 1977
oil on board
signed and on verso signed twice, dated 1936 twice and inscribed "Toronto" twice / "29 (circled)" / "P-124"
9 1/8 x 11 in, 23.2 x 27.9 cm
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000 CAD
Sold for: $8,125
Collection of the Artist
Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, UK
Thielsen Gallery, London, ON
Estate of the Artist
Private Collection, Ontario
Windy Day is a fascinating example from Jack Bush’s earliest transitions from representational to abstract artist. Bush was from the generation of Ontario artists immediately following the Group of Seven, and he initially worked in their en plein air landscape mode, sketching in oil on standard size sketch box boards. He added, though, a slightly darker, more expressionist edge to that style - very possibly influenced, as many were, by the effects of Industrialisation and the Great Depression in the 1930s. The loose, searching gesture and moody aspects of the palette also suggest a less lyrical and more existential outlook. About a decade later, this gave way to his forays into a more intuitive, less rational process of painting. Although Bush became internationally renowned by critics, peers, and institutions as a key figure in abstract art, works such as this evidence the gradual process of self-revelation which is a part of the journey of every important artist.
The above essay was provided by Heffel. This work will be included in Dr. Sarah Stanners’s forthcoming Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné.
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