Artwork by Alexander Young Jackson,  Near Combermere

A.Y. Jackson
Near Combermere

oil on board
signed lower right; signed, titled and dated 1961 on the reverse
10.5 x 13.5 ins ( 26.7 x 34.3 cms )

Sold for $23,600.00
Sale date: May 29th 2018

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ottawa
A small village located along the Madawaska River part of the Township of Madawaska, Combermere is known to be a quaint cottage destination, south east of Algonquin Park. A popular village to pass through en route to Haliburton and Eganville, Combermere shares the humble qualities of many of the surrounding rural hamlets. In the artist’s signature rendering of the landscape, ribbons of soft yellows, ochres and olive tones mould the curves of the landscape in single brushstrokes. Typical for the artist, small cabins dot the landscape in the background highlighting the inhabitants and their role within the landscape. Throughout the artist’s mature period, he often frequented these very rural locales in search for varied communities outside of the popular painting spots. An avid outdoorsman, these travels also offered Jackson opportunities for personal travel and excursions.

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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.