“The Red Maple” by A.Y. Jackson

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Mural Artist: Stephen Sammon 2007
Located on site at Huntsville's Hometown IDA Drugstore
Sponsored By: Huntsville's Hometown IDA Drugstore and The Huntsville BIA

A.Y. Jackson's painting of a young maple tree cluster is thought to have been painted on the Oxtongue River Rapids while on a trip with Tom Thomson. The view depictes the young maple as struggling to grow and mature beside the life giving river. The symbolism of this painting is a direct relationship to the struggle and development of the Group of Seven themselves, who had a hard time with art critics and reviewers when they first started showing their work. The subject matter, as well as the style of the brush strokes, serve as a reminder that this new group of painters is here to stay.

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Artist Name : A.Y. Jackson

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A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974) was born in Montreal and left school at an early age to work at a Montreal printing company. He studied art for a short time at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1906, and in 1907 he moved to Paris, France, where he studied art at the Academie Julian. It was during this time that he was influenced by the French impressionists, an influence that would impact the future of Canadian art. Jackson returned to Canada in 1912 and by 1914 was ready to give up on the country as a place for an artist to flourish. At this crucial time he was contacted by Lawren S. Harris and J.E.H. MacDonald. Harris pleaded with Jackson not to leave the country, and offered to pay his wages and give him a free studio space if he were to move to Toronto and join the art movement they were beginning to establish. Jackson took up the offer, and soon found himself sharing a studio space with Tom Thomson. The two men became quick friends and Jackson was happy to share with Thomson the modern art he had experienced in Paris. At the advent of World War I, he was hired by the War Records Department to document the the fighting action on canvas. When the Group of Seven formed in 1920, Jackson was a key figure and very vocal proponent of the group's ideals. He spent the final years of his life at the McMichael Canadian Collection museum in Kleinburg, where he lived as a guest of the owners Robert and Signe McMichael.

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