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Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Spring 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 107

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

Swamp, Sawyer Lake
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1927 on the gallery labels and inscribed "#4643" and "12211"
9 1/2 x 11 1/4 in  24.1 x 28.6cm

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Warwick Gallery Ltd., Vancouver
Kaspar Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

A.J. Cassonís introduction to the Group of Seven came through Franklin Carmichael, whom he worked with at the commercial art firm Rous & Mann Ltd. from 1919, and who was his mentor in these early days. Carmichael brought him to Torontoís Arts and Letters Club, and Casson soon became a regular at the Groupís ďArtistsí Table,Ē an association considered radical by more conservative painters. By the mid-1920s Casson was often included on sketching trips with Group painters, and in 1926 they made him a member. It was an exciting decade for Casson, one in which he rose to prominence, and Swamp, Sawyer Lake exhibits the strength of his work at this time. Sawyer Lake is in Muskoka, an area of wilderness in northern Ontario well known to the Group. The paintingís colouration is strong, with the contrast between the glowing reds, oranges and golds and the deep blue water being particularly vivid. Contrasting with the rich autumn carpet are the strong vertical lines of bare trees that extend off the picture plane. Swamp, Sawyer Lake is a bold statement and a fine example of Cassonís Group period work.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $67,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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