Lot # 138
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA 1898 - 1992 Canadian

Palmer Rapids
oil on board
signed and on verso signed twice, titled and dated 1958
12 x 15 in  30.5 x 38.1cm

Provenance:
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, November 10, 1987, lot 78
Collection of Chris Haney, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Florida

Inscribed on verso: "by the artist: This sketch was made on the Madawaska River in the summer of (1958?). It is located near the village of Palmer Rapids. April 22, 1979"

The year 1958 was a significant one for A.J. Casson – he retired from the commercial art firm of Sampson Matthews Limited, where he had risen to the position of vice-president. This freed his time to concentrate on his painting, and his sketching trips, previously confined to weekends and holidays, occurred with greater frequency. He also secured a dealer to represent his work - Roberts Gallery - and would have his first solo exhibition in March of 1959, followed by many others. These shows would raise Casson’s profile among collectors, and soon there was intense competition to acquire his paintings.

This oil sketch of rapids on the Madawaska River is a classic Casson. It exudes the exhilarating atmosphere of this natural environment in southeastern Ontario, and perhaps the excitement generated by the freedom the artist was now enjoying. The churning rapids of the Madawaska River crash against the rocks, and a fresh wind bends the branches of the trees. The green wall of trees brings all the focus to the river and its pell-mell journey downstream, viewed from Casson’s vantage point on the foreground rocks as he captured this striking scene en plein air.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $25,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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