Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 102
Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA 1898 - 1992 Canadian
Driftwood, Clarendon Lake
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled on a label and inscribed "3627"
9 3/8 x 11 1/4 in 23.8 x 28.6cm
Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
Private Collection, British Columbia
Margaret Gray, Margaret Rand and Lois Steen, A.J. Casson, 1976, page 50
This fresh, alive oil sketch by A.J. Casson, executed on the spot, is a striking composition. The lakeshore is edged with driftwood that reflects back in the calm water at the lake’s edge, while in the foreground Casson pulls the viewer’s eye back to water ruffled by currents or wind. Behind is a vertical wall of layers of forest, the upturned branch tips giving a sense of growth and movement. Casson’s skill with just a handful of closely related colours is showcased—greens that range from bright peridot to olive, and earthy hues from beige to dark brown, which generate light and dark through paint tone. Casson once stated, “I’ve never liked using every colour of the rainbow...One day I saw the Velasquez painting of Philip IV of Spain. The only discernible colours were black, brown, silver and rose. That started me on simple, restricted colour schemes...”
Within the Group of Seven and after they disbanded, Casson’s legacy was forged in his consummate depictions of the province of Ontario: its rural landscapes and towns, and pure wilderness landscapes such as Driftwood, Clarendon Lake.
Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD
Sold For: $26,550.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)