LOT 131

1898 - 1992

Fresh Snow
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1983 and inscribed with the Roberts Gallery inventory #3104J
12 x 15 in, 30.5 x 38.1 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $115,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Wilder, Toronto

What A.J. Casson modestly referred to as his “Box Period” began with his stylistic experiments in the mid-1950s. Forms were reduced to their angular essences, and planes of light and atmosphere were executed with geometric exactness. Although this post-Cubist stylization is most associated with his works from the 1950s and 1960s, there are many examples from the mid-1970s as well as excellent works from the early 1980s, such as this one, done in the artist’s final years before he retired from painting.

With a nuanced luminosity, this oil sketch highlights Casson’s sensibilities as a subtle dramatist, along with his unfailingly warm view of the human circumstance. Always welcoming, Casson’s depictions of Ontario’s villages and country houses express an affection for an era he felt was being lost to time. Initially, Casson’s relationship to these subjects began out of practicality. As early as the 1920s, he and Franklin Carmichael took sketching trips together to small Ontario towns, as their busy work and home schedules did not allow far-flung trips to remote regions. In these themes, however, Casson would find lifelong resonance.

For the biography on Mr. and Mrs. William P. Wilder in PDF format please click here.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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