LOT 136

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

Old Buildings, Wabamic
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1927 and inscribed "#7064" and "9/83"
9 x 11 in 22.9 x 27.9 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $25,000

Preview at: Design Exchange

PROVENANCE
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

EXHIBITED
Ontario Arts Society (partial label on verso)
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, (label on verso, no date)


Old Buildings, Wabamic is a classic southern Ontario village scene by A.J. Casson from his Group of Seven period. Only a year earlier, in 1926, Casson had been asked to join the Group, and he exhibited with them in March of that year at the Art Gallery of Toronto. He communed with them at the Arts and Letters Club, listening to their stories about their adventurous trips farther north to Algonquin Park and Algoma, but ultimately carved out his own identity in the Group with his depictions of Ontario villages and rural settlements. He criss-crossed southern Ontario every chance he could when not working as a commercial designer with Rous & Mann Ltd. And Sampson Matthews. Characteristic of the Group period, Casson’s brushwork here is vigorous and the paint thick and textural. His fine eye for design manifests in the interesting organic patterns of shapes in the fields, which are echoed in the clouds and result in a pleasing visual rhythm. The impression of sunlight is deftly created, as is the expansive atmosphere of the open sky, imbuing this fine scene with a cheerful freshness.


Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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