ArtworksA.Y. JacksonWinter Haliburton, 1949 (January)1882-1974CAD 35,000
Inscriptionssigned, 'A.Y. JACKSON' (lower right); titled, dated and signed by the artist, 'WINTER / HALIBURTON / JAN 1949 / A.Y. JACKSON' (verso, lower left); cancelled north shore Lake Superior sketch (verso)
Dominion Gallery, Montreal, 1951, as Haliburton, January 1949;
Private collection, Montreal, 1955;
By descent to the present owners.
A.Y. Jackson’s sketching expeditions frequently lasted from a month to six weeks, though on occasion he made shorter trips with friends. On 5 January 1949 he wrote to Harry McCurry, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, that he was leaving the next day for Haliburton with his prospector friend, Keith MacIver, the occupant of Tom Thomson’s shack behind the Studio Building. He was back in Toronto by the 16th.
This excellent sketch of a snow-covered hillside was painted on this previously unrecorded excursion. From the 1920s Jackson’s interest had turned increasingly to the effects of light on different types of snow and here the architecture has been reduced to a single small, slightly off centre shed. The most striking element in this sketch is the superb foreground triangular shadow that echoes the sky above. The two blues frame the swirling white, pink and yellow snow and are linked by the curving path beaten in the snow at the left. The sketch is a peon of praise for the joys of a sunny day in winter.
As was his regular practice, Jackson painted this sketch on the other side of a panel previously used on an autumn trip to the north shore of Lake Superior. Not considered “up to snuff”, Jackson used the verso to title the Haliburton composition.
Charles C. Hill for Alan Klinkhoff Gallery
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