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LOT 140

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
1882 - 1974

Spring, St-Hilarion
oil on panel
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1930 on the gallery labels and inscribed with the Naomi Jackson Groves Inventory #2182
8 3/4 x 10 1/2 in 22.2 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

McCready Galleries Inc., Toronto
Galerie d'art Michel Bigué, Quebec
Private Collection, Quebec

Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 74

A.Y. Jackson’s legendary trips to the rural villages of the north and south shores of the St. Lawrence River were frequent during the 1920s and 1930s. The charming town of Saint-Hilarion is located on the inland road from Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie; it was described by Jackson as being “like one of the Italian hill towns; the country around is cleared of trees, and the town stands on the top of the hill.” Jackson stayed with the Tremblay family in Saint-Hilarion, and Naomi Jackson Groves noted, “The town’s complete visibility for twenty miles all around made all the more touching the concern of old Monsieur Tremblay, at whose son’s house AY stayed, that the artist might not be able to find his way back from his day’s sketching in the field.” Here Jackson has captured a tapestry of rolling hills divided by traditional snake fences. Snow still settled at the base of the fences emphasizes long vertical lines, balanced by a horizontal patchwork of golden exposed earth and unmelted snow. The pleasing open panorama to distant mountains and the ambience of fields warming in the rays of spring sunshine make this a classic sketch from the area.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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