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Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 114

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

Farm Near Whitney
oil on board circa 1944
signed and on verso signed and titled
9 1/4 x 11 1/4 in  23.5 x 28.6cm

Provenance:
Alex Fraser Galleries, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver, 1960
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, February 25, 2002, lot 175
Property from an Important Private Collection to Benefit a Charitable Foundation

Ontario villages and their rural surrounds were enduring themes for Group of Seven painter A.J. Casson. Paul Duval noted in his 1975 book on the artist that Whitney, located in the South Algonquin township, was one of Cassonís prime painting places in 1944 and 1945. During the 1940s Casson was working as a designer at the commercial art firm of Sampson Matthews Limited. On weekends and holidays he extensively explored central southern Ontario, and views such as this of weathered farms tucked against the side of rounded hills, particularly in autumn, were favoured compositions. This sun-washed scene is bright with deciduous trees turning gold and orange, which, interwoven with the dark evergreens, form interesting patterns and reflect Cassonís fine eye for design. The winding rutted road beside the buildings and the rock formations following the contours of the hill build a sense of rhythm in the image. The presence of inhabitants, although unseen, conveys a subtle warmth amid the rustic tranquility of this assured and atmospheric on-the-spot sketch.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $28,125.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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