ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
oil on board
signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
10.25 ins x 13.5 ins; 26 cms x 34.3 cms
Dennis Reid has suggested that the romance of adventure was what lured Jackson west and Jackson could not believe how much of the country had yet to be painted. While he had visited western Canada prior to 1937 he began to paint what he saw only from this year onward until 1951.
Interestingly, while Jackson is most closely associated with charming renditions of life in rural Quebec, particularly the lower St. Lawrence region of that province in winter, Dr. Hudson insists that “a remarkable group of collectors looked forward to the results of Jackson’s Western trips. The artist kept up a lively correspondence with his supporters describing his travels and negotiating sales.”
Bow Lake is one of the largest glacial lakes in Banff National Park. Jackson taught at the Banff Summer School in the 1940s.
Anna Hudson, "The Legend of Johnny Chinook: A.Y. Jackson in the Canadian West and Northwest" in Catharine M. Mastin (general editor), The Group of Seven in Western Canada, Key Porter in association with The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 2002, pages 114 and 118.
Private Collection, Ontario