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Attributed to
Jackson, Alexander Young (Canadian)

Old Barn
oil on board, unsigned,

13.75" x 17.75" sight, 19.5" x 23.5" framed.

About the Painting: Excellent condition; frame believed to be original to the painting..

About the Artist: Alexander Young Jackson was born in Montreal, Quebec and first began his career under the direction of Arthur Nantel and later worked as a designer for a printing firm owned by Sir Adam Beck. He also studied under William Brymner. He visited London in 1905 and visited with Clarence Gagnon. He worked in Chicago from soon after his trip until 1907 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicage under Clute and Richardson. In 1907 he returned to Paris and studied at the Acedemie Julien under Jean Paul Laurens for six months. he also traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice. he returned to Canada in 1910 only to return to France the following year with Albert Robinson. Upon his return to Canada, he had a joint exhibition with Randolf Hewton at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He moved into the Studio Building and shared space with Tom Thomson in 1914. During the summer of 1914, he sketched in Alqonguin Park with J.W. Beatty (see our other items for an original J.W. Beatty Painting). He was appointed an official War Artist. in 1919 he became a full member of the Royal Canadian Academy. His canvases were exhibited in the First Group of 7 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto, on May 7, 1920. His canvas "Entrance to Halifax Harbour" was exhibited at the Wembley Exhibition in 1924 and purchased by the Tate Gallery. He was at the time, the only living artist represented there. In July of 1927 he went on a sketching trip with Sir Frederick Banting on the steam ship Boethic, and the two men sketched Canada's arctic north and Greenland. Jackson went on a second trip on this ship in 1930 with Lawren Harris, again to paint the ice flows. These sketches were exhibited at the National Gallery later that year. After the disbanding of the famous Group of Seven, Harris and Jackson were founding members of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933. In the following years, Jackson visited and painted most areas of Canada. He was the sole illustrator for many books including "Chez Nous" by Adjutor Rivard and his own autobiography "A Painter's Country". A large exhibition of his paintings took place in 1953 at the National Gallery and the Art Gallery of Toronto, for which Arthur Lismer wrote a 32 page catalogue. Many of his works were reproduced to decorate the Armed Forces bases during World War II. His paintings are in virtually every major Canadian art collection including the National Gallery, the AGO, Hart House at U of T, McMichael Collection, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and also in major international collections including the Tate, London; Wellington Gallery, New Zealand; Essex Country Sanatorium and the Leningrad Art Gallery in Russia, among others.

Note: This painting was acquired from Canada without attribution or provenance. It is painted on prepared artists board imprinted with the name of a Canadian company. We note many similarities of style and palatte with A. Y. Jackson; thus our attribution. Unsigned, and without provenance or authentication from a professional with specialist knowledge of the artist's work, we offer this painting for a tiny fraction of the price normally associated wtih Jackson's paintings. In terms of quality and aesthetic appeal, this work is worthy to be compared with the painting of any number of distinguised artists and is priced accordingly.

An example of an authenticated work by A. Y. Jackson

I've had some pushback from Canadians who don't accept my attribution, but though there are similarites between the authenticated painting shown and my attributed painting, can anyone deny that mine is the better of the two?

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