A.Y. Jackson Spotlight
St. Tite des Caps, 1921.
Oil on panel, 21.6 x 26.7 cm (8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in.)
From the 1920s to 1940s A.Y. Jackson took springtime sketching trips to Saint- Tite-des-Caps, downstream from Quebec City. There he created a body of work that would constitute a career for lesser artists. Jackson’s finest Group of Seven period studies, like St. Tite des Caps, are careful works of observation and synthesis that are so spirited they nearly breathe. This view of a sugar shanty highlights his skill as a consummate practitioner of the small plein air oil study. His efficiency with white, blue, and brown madder allows one to follow him laying in the strongest values – deep brown, then blue shadows – mixing colours, adding details and highlighting with wet-in-wet dashes of grey and brown madder for the pails hanging on the trees. All captured in the time it would take to enjoy a coffee.