ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
LOWER ST. LAWRENCE, APRIL (NEAR BIC, QUE.)
oil on panel
signed; also signed, titled and inscribed “Studio Bldg., Severn St., Toronto”
8.5 ins x 10.5 ins; 21.6 cms x 26.7 cms
A.Y. Jackson declared “I’m never happier than when I’m sketching down the south bank of the St. Lawrence.”
Jackson’s annual itinerary of painting trips invariably included a stop during March and April along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. At this time of year, the snow still lay heavy on the ground, but the sun warmed the land for a few minutes longer each day.
This sketch captures a late afternoon view near the village of Bic. The artist records a gorgeous moment with sparkling golden yellows on the river and deep periwinkle blues in the shadows of the snow. One can imagine the warming spring sun bouncing off the water at the end of a pleasingly productive day of painting.
Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto/Vancouver, 1968, page 40.
Galerie Bernard Desroches Inc., Montreal
Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto