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Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson before the Group of Seven

May 25 - February 2

Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson before the Group of Seven

May 25, 2024 – February 2, 2025

About the Exhibition

Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson before the Group of Seven is a rare examination of the work of painter Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson (1882–1974) in the decade before the Group of Seven’s formation in 1920. Co-curated by historian Douglas Hunter and Sarah Milroy, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Jackson’s Wars will feature rarely seen paintings made during the artist’s trips abroad to study painting in Italy, Belgium, and France, as well as his evocative depictions of rural Quebec and Ontario made upon his return. Of particular note will be a handpicked selection of Jackson’s paintings made during the First World War depicting the devastation of the battlefields in France, which would have a lingering impact on his interpretations of the Canadian landscape. Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson before the Group of Seven provides an opportunity to reframe the legacy of one of Canada’s most significant artists.

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Book cover of Jackson's War

Exhibition Publication

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Artworks from the Exhibition

A.Y. Jackson (1882–1974), Hills of Assisi, Italy, 1912, oil on canvas, 64 x 80.7 cm, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Max Stern, Dominion Gallery, Montreal, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1980.18.3

A.Y. Jackson (1882–1974), Early Spring, Émileville, Quebec, 1913, oil on canvas, 63.5 x 82.5 cm, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Max Stern, Dominion Gallery, Montreal, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1978.23

A.Y. Jackson (1882–1974), First Snow, Algoma, between 1919 and 1920, oil on canvas, 107.1 x 127.7cm, In memory of Gertrude Wells Hilborn, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1966.7

Details

Start:
May 25
End:
February 2
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