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The Red Maple, November 1914

A.Y. Jackson
Canadian, 1882 - 1974
oil on canvas
82 x 99.5 cm
Purchased 1914
National Gallery of Canada (no. 1038)
Courtesy of the Estate of the late Dr. Naomi Jackson Groves

Painted in A.Y. Jackson's Toronto studio in November 1914, this landscape is based on a sketch from nature produced along the Oxtongue River in Algonquin Park. With its foreground screen of fragile young branches and fluttering red leaves set against a background of churning rapids, this composition captures a distinctive natural phenomenon in Canada, and one symbolic of budding nationalist sentiments, which the outbreak of war a few months earlier had made more acute.

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