The Edge of the Maple Wood (1910) by A.Y. Jackson

The Edge of the Maple Wood - A.Y. Jackson - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleThe Edge of the Maple Wood
ArtistA.Y. Jackson
Mediumoil on Canvas
Dimensions54.6 x 65.4 cm (21 1/2 x 25 3/4 in.)
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

About The Edge of the Maple Wood

“The Edge of the Maple Wood,” created by artist A.Y. Jackson in 1910, is a quintessential example of post-impressionist landscape painting. Executed in oil on canvas, it measures 54.6 by 65.4 centimeters and is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. This artwork represents the natural beauty of the landscape through the unique lens of the post-impressionist movement.

The artwork depicts a rustic and serene natural landscape, where one can observe the juxtaposition of living trees and a collection of dilapidated wooden fences indicative of human presence. The terrain is rough, accentuated by exposed roots, scattered rocks, and uneven ground, indicating a recent thaw or perhaps the emergence of spring. The artist has applied vivid brushwork, characteristic of the post-impressionist style, which suggests texture and movement, bringing the landscape to life with a tactile quality.

Foreground shadows imply the presence of unseen trees, casting long patterns across the varied ground. A central barren tree commands the composition, its branches reaching toward a sky mottled with soft clouds. The horizon is fringed with a line of thin, leafless trees, and the hint of a building can be discerned, partially hidden among the branches, suggesting a rural or agricultural setting. The palette is primarily composed of earth tones, with subtle infusions of blue and white that lend a crispness to the atmosphere, indicating perhaps the remnants of winter or the chill of an early spring day.

Through his broad and spirited brushstrokes, A.Y. Jackson has captured not just a moment in time, but also the spirit of the place, offering a glimpse into the Canadian landscape during a period of artistic exploration and national identity formation.

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