Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A.Y. Jackson

I left off yesterday with A.Y. Jackson and his time spent living in the Ottawa Valley. This is his painting Fitzroy Harbour, dating to 1969.

These two paintings are also by Jackson. At top is Near Perth. And below it is Water's Edge, Duhamel, Quebec.

These snowshoes had been given by Jackson to the Firestones, a mark of the friendship between the artist and the couple.

Here are but two of the numerous Jackson sketches in the collection.

And another gift to the Firestones by Jackson: a sketch box he'd used extensively in the field.

Here we have more on contemporaries of the Group of Seven whose work is part of the Firestone Collection.

Paintings here include works by Kathleen Daly, Graham Norwell, George Pepper, and Anne Savage.

While here we have works by Emily Carr, Alan C. Collier, Andre Bieler, Yvonne McKague Housser, and David B. Milne. 


  1. Nothing to do with your post but I have to say I really like your Spring header image.

  2. There seems to have been some unity of artistic vision in Canada at that time; those contemporaries could easily have fitted into the group.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Love your header image!

  4. You have the permission of all your readers I am sure to feature the Group of Seven for as long as you wish. A friend of mine owns an original AY Jackson.

  5. Jackson’s work is the countryside I see here. Love it.

  6. @Amy: thank you!

    @John: that is true.

    @Lady Fi: thanks!

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @David: more to come.

    @Marie: me too.

  7. Great works and so nice you are allowed to take pics... and share them, too!

  8. Loved the 1st and the one on the left in the last frame.

  9. ...a wonderful artistic talent!

  10. Every day their collection astounds!

  11. I was introduced to the Group of 7's paintings at The McMichael Canadian Art Collection by my SiL when she took us there from Mississauga. I have loved their work ever since.

  12. I don't know about anybody else, but the more I look at the Group of Seven, the better I like them.

  13. Jackson seems to be the most well-known of the G7, but I think I like Harris's more stylized work the best. At least, he is the most recognizable one to me.

  14. Another great exhibit and your header shot is stunning!

  15. The amount of artistic talent in the world is mind boggling.

  16. Another wonderful group of artworks William, so you have a Perth in Ontario also ☺️

  17. @Iris: a pleasure to show them.

    @Nancy: that they are.

    @Magiceye: so do I.

    @Tom: very much so.

    @RedPat: definitely.

    @Rosemary: they were wonderful artists.

    @Red: I know the feeling.

    @Anvilcloud: he had his own style.

    @Denise: thank you!

    @Sharon: indeed.

    @Grace: we do, a bit to the southwest of Ottawa.

    @Bill: that they are.

  18. That is wonderful to see. I never knew, although I've heard of him, 'Near Perth!'

  19. Wonderful collection. I've always been fascinated by snowshoes for some reason.

  20. Hey, I hope snowshoe season will soon be over for you all too. :-)

  21. Love their artstyle ~ am a big fan of Emily Carr Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. Really beautiful paintings. Unique style they have. Never knew snow shoes looked like that.

  23. I always tease my husband that he needs snow shoes for our walks, as he's a bit wiggly from knee and ankle surgery. Seems they should invent something like those for wobbly folk to use on dry land. Lol
    Anyway, maybe I'm wrong but did you feature the group of 7 many years ago?

  24. I enjoyed seeing these paintings. Cannot imagine walking around in those snowshoes.

  25. @Jennifer: your part of the area.

    @Susie: they are interesting.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Revrunner: it is.

    @Carol: she was a wonderful artist.

  26. @Gemel: those are traditional style. Contemporary ones look a bit different, but the principles are the same.

    @Eve: yes, I've featured the Group of Seven before.

    @Maywyn: I certainly think so.

    @Joanne: definitely.

    @Michelle: it takes practice!

  27. I like the way the paintings are grouped closely together:)

  28. His work seems such a part of the environment. I really need to learn more about all these people. Thanks, William.