Art canadien classique
Farm, St-Lawrence, North Shore, 1929 (April)
Inscriptionssigned, ‘A.Y. JACKSON’ (recto, lower right); inscribed by the artist, ‘reserved / Winifred Trenholme’ (verso, upper left); inscribed by the artist, ‘A Y JACKSON / 6190 Terrebonne Ave’ (verso, centre); inscribed by the artist, ‘April 1929’ (verso, lower right); sketch of a landscape drawn by the artist (verso, upper right)
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal;
Acquired from the above by Mitzi and Mel Dobrin.
-Charles C. Hill
The relation of architecture to the landscape was a constant subject in Jackson’s paintings of Charlevoix County. He painted houses and churches in the villages, barns on the rolling hills and small farms in the outlying districts, but always in late winter and early spring. Weather is a constant reference in his letters and especially the qualities of snow. He articulated his observations on the difficulties confronting the artist in “There is Still Snow in Quebec” published in the Ontario College of Art annual, Tangent, in late spring 1929. “The middle of April and winter still holding sway in St. Urbain; but slowly it is getting pried loose. The hills facing south are almost bare, the roads are mud and slush. The snow has all gone off the roofs, piles of field stones are emerging. ... But over the fields and in the woods the snow still lies deep. Slowly settling down, the frost at night hardens it up, and it takes the sun the whole morning to get to where he left off the day before, and then, after a hard day’s thaw, it clouds up and starts another little snowstorm.”
According to the Klinkhoff Gallery label on the back of this sketch, it was painted in April 1929 when Jackson painted around Saint-Urbain north of Baie Saint-Paul with Randolph Hewton. The snow has started to leave the more exposed slopes and the rocks and bare earth emerge between the snow-covered hills. The trees crowning the hills are painted with the same palette as the rocks and contrast with the white, yellow-green, orange and blue house and barns. The foreground is framed by the horizontal fence, the field of snow, the sleigh with its passengers entering the farm at the left and the fence enclosing the farmyard. Clouds float above the hill upper left. Spring is in the air.
Charles C. Hill