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A.Y. Jackson

Montréal, Québec, 1882-1974, Kleinburg, Ontario

Alexander Young Jackson was born in 1882. Following the departure of his father in 1891, Jackson, the third of six children, was raised by a single mother. At the age of 12 Jackson left school to work as an office boy at Montréal’s Bishop Engraving and Printing Company. He was introduced to art by the nature sketches of his older brother Harry, from whom he also developed a deep love of the outdoors. In 1905, the brothers travelled to London and Paris. The following September, Jackson moved to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1907 he returned to Paris, continuing his studies at the Académie Julien under Jean-Paul Laurens. Jackson returned to Montréal for a year and in 1910,  he painted Edge of the Maple Wood, his first work depicting the Canadian landscape, with his new impressionistic-inspired style. In 1914, Jackson moved to Toronto, into the Studio Building, where he was supported by Dr. James McCallum for the year. At the outbreak of World War I, the artist enlisted and was the only member of the Group of Seven to see action. After he was wounded in 1917 Jackson continued to serve as an official war artist. He returned to the Studio Building at war’s end, where he continued to live and paint until 1955. A.Y. Jackson was a founding member of the Group of Seven and continued to travel throughout his life capturing the full variety of Canada’s unique landscape. He died in 1974.

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