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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 # 153

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

Farmhouse in the Albion Hills
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled on the artist's label and dated 1963
12 x 15 in  30.5 x 38.1cm

By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Paul Duval, A.J. Casson, Roberts Gallery, 1975, page 89

In 1958, A.J. Casson retired from his position as vice-president at the prominent commercial art firm Sampson Matthews Limited, liberating him to paint full time. Although previously he had to paint during any free time available outside of his work commitments, now he could wander at ease throughout his favourite territory of Ontario, and by the 1960s he was enjoying a renaissance in his work. Here his subject is the Albion Hills near Caledon, north of Toronto. Casson shows his refined ability to handle the subtle atmosphere and light of winter – the painting is a predominantly tonal study of grey and ochre, but enlivened by plum and blue tones in the farmhouse structures. Casson had a fine eye for the compositional elements of his painting – here we see his characteristic fan-like bare trees, used to punctuate the landscape, and the earth showing through the snow makes interesting patterns. The farmhouse has an atmosphere of suspension and anticipation, as though waiting for its occupants. As Paul Duval wrote, “Like the American painter, Edward Hopper Casson manages to imbue his rural structures with deeply human overtones.”

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $31,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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