ArtworksA.Y. JacksonAutumn, Algoma, 19211882-1974Sold
Inscriptionssigned twice, ‘AY JACKSON’ (lower left and lower right); titled, signed and inscribed by the artist, ‘Autumn Algoma / A.Y. Jackson / Studio Bldg Severn St / Toronto’ (verso, centre)
ProvenanceGalerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal; Acquired from the above by Mitzi and Mel Dobrin.When Jackson moved back into the Studio Building in 1919, he took a studio on the top floor where Tom Thomson’s sketches and canvases had been stored since his death in August 1917. This was Jackson’s first opportunity since his return to Montreal in December 1914 to see what Thomson had accomplished. Thomson’s paintings provided a new impetus for Jackson’s evolution as an artist in the post-war years.
Jackson returned to paint in Algoma in May and September 1920 and again in May and September 1921. The changing weather and its effects on colour, light and the autumn foliage were constant preoccupations for the artists as seen in Autumn, Algoma painted in September 1920 or 1921. In a composition recalling Tom Thomson’s West Wind (Art Gallery of Ontario), a tree leans precariously over the blue water, its trunk painted in greys, browns and cream-white with purple highlights. The wind-blown, yellow and orange leaves are richly brushed in fluid strokes, the movement continued in the swiftly running water and overcast sky. The foreground leaves are painted with dabs of orange and the diagonal tree almost camouflages the dark hills on the far shore.
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