Lot # 117
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

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

Rising Mist
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed on the artist's label, titled and dated 1965 on the artist's and gallery labels
40 x 48 in  101.6 x 121.9cm

Provenance:
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, California

Literature:
Paul Duval, A.J. Casson, Roberts Gallery, 1975, the 1929 watercolour for this work, entitled Fog Clearing, in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, reproduced page 61
Alfred Joseph Casson, A.J. Casson: My Favourite Watercolours, 1919 to 1957, 1982, page 62, the watercolour Fog Clearing reproduced page 63

The watercolour for Rising Mist, entitled Fog Clearing, is in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Dated 1929, the watercolour is a prime Group of Seven period composition and is an outstanding example of A.J. Casson’s body of work in that medium. Both Fog Clearing and this large and impressive canvas, Rising Mist, were based on Casson’s original on-the-spot oil sketch of this stunning scene in the wild landscape around Lake Superior, painted during a 1928 sketching trip with Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson. Casson wrote, “This scene of dense fog beginning to lift was sketched looking inland from the exact spot on which our camp was located.” This exceptional painting demonstrates Casson’s keen appreciation for the vaporous effects of mist, low clouds and changeable weather. Fall has brought gold to the hills and bright oranges to the carpet of moss and lichen in the foreground rock formations, a superb contrast to the floating white strips of clouds and the transparent bank of mist in the background. Casson included the watercolour in his book My Favourite Watercolours, and he must have found the image compelling to later produce this stunning canvas of the scene.

Estimate: $100,000 ~ $150,000 CAD  

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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