Artwork by Alexander Young Jackson,  Farm at Avoca, Quebec

A.Y. Jackson
Farm at Avoca, Quebec

oil on board
signed lower left; signed, titled, dated “Oct. 1966” and inscribed “canvas 16 x 20” on the reverse
10.5 x 13.5 ins ( 26.7 x 34.3 cms ) ( each subject )

Sold for $14,160.00
Sale date: November 19th 2019

Purchased from the artist by Raymond Bourque, Ottawa
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Consignor Canadian Fine Art, Auction of Important Canadian Art, auction catalogue, Toronto, November 23, 2017, page 59 (lot 73) for the canvas of this subject (entitled “Quebec House”)
An avid outdoorsman, A.Y. Jackson was acutely aware of his role within the landscape as an active participant; rather than omit the villages, communities and settlements which he encountered across Canada, he instead sought to elevate the importance of human existence, resilience and reliance on the land in these more remote locales. The representation of life in rural communities is central within many of Jackson’s celebrated works and was an element which was integral to his oeuvre. In “Farm at Avoca, Quebec”, cows graze freely in the fields surrounding a farmhouse with a colourful roof. Demonstrating Jackson’s strong sense of colour and composition through warm tones and rhythmic lines, the scenery glows in richly saturated hues of yellow ochre, complimented with accents of cobalt and mauve.

The mastery of his composition may have been central to Jackson deciding to later produce a larger canvas of the scene. “Quebec House”, a 16 x 20 inch canvas shares many of the composition elements which the Group of Seven artist first perfected in this preliminary sketch.

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Alexander Young Jackson
(1882 - 1974) Group of Seven, OSA, RCA

Born in Montreal, Alexander Young Jackson left school at the age of twelve and began work at a Montreal printing firm. In 1906, he undertook art studies at the Art Institute in Chicago. The following year he enrolled at the Academie Julian in Paris and remained in France until 1912. During this period his painting was strongly influenced by the Impressionists. After his return to Canada, Jackson took up residence in Montreal and made many sketching trips to the surrounding countryside. Harris and MacDonald were impressed by Jackson's work and, in 1913, persuaded him to move to Toronto. Jackson's great sense of adventure carried him from the east coast across Canada to the Rocky Mountains of the west. He made regular sketching trips to Quebec every spring and travelled to the far regions of Canada during the summer, including the Canadian Arctic. In the fall he would return to the Studio Building in Toronto (where he lived until 1955), spending the winters painting canvases. He continued this active lifestyle until he was in his eighties.