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
Note: This painting was acquired from Canada without
attribution or provenance. It is painted
on prepared artists board imprinted
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
of the artist's work, we offer this
for a tiny fraction of the price normally
associated wtih Jackson's paintings.
of quality and aesthetic appeal, this
is worthy to be compared with the painting
of any number of distinguised artists
is priced accordingly.
An example of an authenticated work by A.
I've had some pushback from Canadians who
don't accept my attribution, but though
are similarites between the authenticated
painting shown and my attributed painting,
can anyone deny that mine is the better
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