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Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction

Lot # 114

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

Morning Near Whitefish Falls
oil on board
signed and on verso signed and titled on the artist and Roberts Gallery labels
28 x 36 in  71.1 x 91.4cm

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Maison des Beaux Arts, Quebec, 1980

The Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC, on loan 2015 - 2016

A.J. Cassonís work is noted for its grace of design and compositional excellence. He worked steadily for much of his career as a commercial designer, and his skill in this field reached the highest level. Starting out as a freelancer, he joined Rous & Mann Ltd. in 1919, then Sampson Matthews Limited in 1926, from which he retired in 1957. It was only then that he was able to paint full time, and in this chapter of his career we see skilled, seasoned and mature work being produced. Morning Near Whitefish Falls is a prime example from this period. In it we find colour harmonies and contrasts, both depth and distance, contrasts of texture and brushwork, and changes in mood and atmosphere. The combination of all these things, which might, at the hand of a lesser artist, result in chaos, results instead in eloquence. Casson favoured the medium of watercolour, and through his mastery of it, he learned control and simplicity. These traits can be seen in his oils and set his work apart from that of many of his contemporaries, including the Group of Seven, which he joined in 1926.

Estimate: $60,000 ~ $80,000 CAD

Sold For: $64,900.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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