LOT 134

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

Fields at Heathcote
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed titled and dated 1973 on the artist's label and titled and inscribed #2755H on the Roberts Gallery label
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $61,250

Preview at: Design Exchange

PROVENANCE
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Ontario


In this work, A.J. Casson combines what many artists do not: a sense of large scale and a sense of calm in the landscape. When representing size, an artist’s vision will often carry with it an element of foreboding. Yet while Casson regularly succeeded in expressing awe in his work, its tone is altogether more benevolent. Here he depicts rolling farmland outside of Heathcote, Ontario, a small community northwest of Toronto, near the Blue Mountains. A sense of expanse is described in the green and gold patchwork of the fields, but even more so in the density of the clouds. Casson conveyed the volume of their formations in a structural style informed by his long career as one of Canada’s leading designers and commercial artists. Their palpable constructions extend into the far distance, giving a feeling of shelter and abundance. Especially important to note are the revealed glimpses of sky. Rendered in a particularly Casson-esque shade of blue, existing somewhere between cerulean and cyan, they express clearly the peaceful joy that underpins so much of the artist’s work.


Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

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