October Evening, 1934
oil on canvas
73.9 x 81.4 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Chief Justice G. Tritschler
© Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Gifted to the WAG the year of the artist’s death in 1974, October Evening is at once a surging and retiring image. The contrasting traceries of blue shadow and flaming autumn foliage rush like veins and arteries in opposite directions over what are most likely the La Cloche Mountains, north of Lake Huron. The rolling terrain reflects a lazy light at the early onset of dusk. The year before this work was painted, the Group of Seven, of which Jackson had been a devoted member, disbanded and reformed as the Canadian Group of Painters. In a more concerted way than the Group of Seven had, this new association, which included a younger demographic, sought to artistically represent the diversity of landscapes that existed within Canada. Over the ensuing decades, Jackson himself would travel to increasingly remote regions of the country to paint.