Richard Jack concentrated on the collective triumph rather than the individual agony of war. From top to bottom: Major Ronald I. Jack; The Taking of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday, 1917; an untitled painting.
Richard Jack was Canada’s first official war artist. Born in Sunderland, England, in 1866, the British subject studied at the Académie Julien in Paris, France, before he was hired by Canada to become our first official war artist in 1916.
He held strong opinions on the modern school of art and in 1933 was quoted in the Toronto Telegram as saying: "A glib tongue, rather than a clever brush and an eye for pigment was the main asset of the proponent of the extremist schools."
Jack was a master draftsman and there was no question that he understood color and form. His grand and roma...