Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Allan Edson

Lumberjacks on the Saint-Maurice River
oil on canvas
58.5 x 101.5 cm
Don de Marian Ives au Musee des Beaux-arts de Montreal

Aaron Allan Edson (1846-1888) was a Canadian landscape painter. He lived in Montreal for the major part of his career. He was mostly a landscape artist, as talented in oil as he was in watercolour. His landscapes reflect the most important artistic preoccupations of this era.

At the age of nine, his family settled in Stanbridge, where his father ran a hotel. In 1857, he enrolled in the new Stanbridge Academy where he took his first drawing courses. While living in Stanbridge, his talents were soon recognized and encouraged by a citizen and important collector. After moving to Montreal in 1861, he had several jobs including a clerk for novelty items as well as bookkeeper for an art dealer. Wanting to perfect his education, he left Montreal in 1864, making the first of three trips to Europe. The other two took place in 1877 and 1881-86. He lived in Montreal for the major part of his career.