I believe that although war is a collective effort, we remain alone in a shattered landscape.
A.Y. Jackson valued the solitude that is the companion of any artist. Canada appointed artists to document its involvement in the war. Jackson worked alone in the landscape stripped naked by artillery fire, escaping the suffocating proximity of war in the trenches. His haunting paintings show the copse with no trees, the house with no roof, the battleground with no soldiers … as if a solitary tree was all that remained of the living.
– Viveka Melki