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1965.7 - Old Man River

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Object Typepainting ArtistJackson, A. Y. Date Made1949

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Object Typepainting ArtistJackson, A. Y. Date Made1949
Accession Number 1965.7 Title Old Man River Object Type painting Artist Jackson, A. Y. Date Made 1949 Culture/Nationality Canadian Materials oil on linen Measurements frame: 52.4 cm x 68.6 cm Description
The Oldman River is named after Napi, “the Old Man,” who is known as the creator of Earth and all living beings to the Piikani People. The basin of the Oldman River in southwestern Alberta is the traditional…
The Oldman River is named after Napi, “the Old Man,” who is known as the creator of Earth and all living beings to the Piikani People. The basin of the Oldman River in southwestern Alberta is the traditional territory of the Piikani People of the Blackfoot Nation. A.Y. Jackson explored Southern Alberta on a regular basis while visiting his brother Ernest in Lethbridge. Jackson was a founding member of the Group of Seven, but by the time he started painting the prairie landscape in 1937, the group had disbanded. At first, Jackson considered the Prairies a challenging subject to capture. He wrote in his autobiography that the West had “… nothing but a few weeds, scrub or stubble to get a hold of.” After many return trips to the Prairies, Jackson eventually found endless material in the foothills with views of the distant mountains. This work was purchased directly from the artist for the University of Alberta by H.G. Glyde, who knew Jackson from a painting expedition and was the head of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta from 1947 to 1966.
Credit Line Purchased from the artist by the Department of Art

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