Transformations: A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix
By Laura Brandon
April 2014, ISBN 978-0-660-20281-5
120 pp., 50 illustrations, 15 x 15 cm, paperback
Group of Seven painter A. Y. Jackson and German artist Otto Dix incorporated the brutal horrors that they saw as soldiers on the First World War front lines into their later landscape art. Transformations: A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix shows how the two artists drew on memories of the physical destruction they witnessed at the front to create artworks that mourned the conflict’s consequences and reflected the post-war evolution of Canadian and German national identity.
Arranged chronologically into five sections, from their early years to their deaths, this souvenir catalogue traces the impact of the First World War on both artists’ careers. It includes 44 full-colour images of landscape paintings, drawings and prints, some never before seen in Canada.