Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 152
Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA 1898 - 1992 Canadian
March Near Kleinburg
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1964 on the artist's label
28 x 36 in 71.1 x 91.4cm
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
In 1958, A.J. Casson retired from his position as vice-president of the commercial art firm Sampson Matthews Limited, leaving him free to devote all his time to painting. Casson had already extensively explored Ontario, and now he could extend his sketching trips. His keen eye for design, honed over a lifetime, can clearly be seen in the composition of this fine large painting. Patterning in the snow is strong, as the warmer temperatures at the approach of spring accelerate the process of snowmelt, making visible patches and lines of earth. This patterning is echoed in the snow on the roof of the house, which softly thaws into patches that repeat the shapes of exposed earth on the hillside. Cassonís love of moody skies manifests hereóamid the fractured planes of stormy clouds a brilliant glow of light illuminates the hill below, to great dramatic effect.
The location depicted in this painting is particularly meaningful, as the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, with its focus on works by the Group of Seven, is in Kleinburg, and Casson was friends with founders Dr. Robert and Signe McMichael.
Estimate: $70,000 ~ $90,000 CAD
Sold For: $82,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)