LOT 131

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

Farm in the Hills / Lake View in Autumn (verso)
double-sided oil on board, circa 1930
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in 21.6 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, United States

Late spring was often favoured by Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson for his sketching trips, thus we see snow melting and exposing the earth in Farm in the Hills, creating interesting patterns and textures. The distinctive snake fences follow the lines of the hills, casting electric blue shadows that add a vibrant element to Jackson’s palette. He had a fine eye for rhythm in the landscape, which builds here in the succession of rolling hills and in the snowy patches that climb them and slide down the slopes. In the valley, the farm basks in the sun, radiating a peaceful presence.
It is rare to see a double-sided board still intact, as in the past many were divided into two separate panels. The verso of this work has an evocative lake view through a screen of trees, with a fluttering of red fall leaves still clinging to low vegetation. A warm pinkish-mauve glow suffuses the sky, providing a fine contrast to the blue and purple of distant hills. The peripatetic Jackson roamed from painting place to painting place throughout Quebec and Ontario, and this landscape is reminiscent of lake scenes from his trips to Algonquin Park, Algoma, Lake Superior and Georgian Bay. Sometimes on Jackson’s sketching trips, he ran out of sketching boards and, enthusiastic to continue, would turn one over to capture another scene, to the benefit of the collector who acquires this splendid Group period work.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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