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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 # 110

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

The Village Church at Barry's Bay
oil on board circa 1955
signed and on verso signed, titled and titled on the gallery labels and inscribed "$60"
12 x 15 in  30.5 x 38.1cm

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 10, 2000, lot 169
Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

The Ontario village was A.J. Cassonís central theme from his Group of Seven period and throughout his life. Rural architecture was of great interest to him, including churches, which were important centres of life in small towns and villages. Outstanding examples of Cassonís depiction of this subject are the 1940 canvas Country Crisis (sold by Heffel in fall 2016 for the artist's record), which prominently features a church, and the 1933 canvas Anglican Church at Magnetawan, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. In 1949 and 1950, one of Cassonís principal painting places was Barryís Bay, a community in the township of Madawaska Valley, where he captured this peaceful church. Its white and grey walls and roof glow in the afternoon sun, which casts its light over the village and surrounding hills. The atmosphere is bucolic Ė a hush has fallen over the scene, in which no one walks the streets, the landscape is windless, and a light riffle of clouds indicates benign weather. The Village Church at Barry's Bay is a superb example of Cassonís sensitive interpretation of the mood of his subject, captured on the spot, immersed in the fresh atmosphere of the outdoors.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD

Sold For: $34,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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