A.Y. Jackson

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Alexander Young Jackson was born in 1882 in Montreal. An avid outdoorsman, Jackson became good friends with Tom Thomson with whom he shared a studio in 1914. During the First World War, Jackson was wounded early on in the war, and completed his service as a War Artist. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967.

In the book Chez Nous, Rivard attempts to preserve the language, customs and spirit of the habitant, a concern that is echoed by A. Y. Jackson’s notational designs. Jackson, a Montreal native, would return to the landscape and rural life of Quebec throughout his career.