Jack Bush

Sumac

1930
Sumac is a prime example of Bush’s early work, yet it prefigures the bloom of his career: his mastery of colour. He used the border around this picture – the area of the illustration board intended to be covered with a framer’s mat – as both a surface for sketching out a landscape and as a test palette for colour. Painted when the artist was 21 years old, this is among the earliest paintings on view here.
Artist
Title
Sumac
Date
1930
Medium
Drawing
Materials
watercolour over graphite on illustration board
Dimensions
39 x 43.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1998
Accession number
39593