LOT 104

1898 - 1992

Inlet—Cloche Channel
oil on canvas, circa 1955
signed and on verso signed, titled on the artist's label and inscribed with the Roberts Gallery stock #4652 on the gallery label
22 x 26 in, 55.9 x 66 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD

Sold for: $145,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Vancouver

A.J. Casson, My Favourite Watercolours, 1919 to 1957, 1982, foreword by Paul Duval, page 122

From 1947 to 1950, La Cloche was one of A.J. Casson’s principal painting places. In 1947, he stayed for two weeks in a lodge on La Cloche Channel. He commented, “I found the Cloche Hills an excellent place to sketch…..I was attracted by the Jackpines and the white rocks covered in lichen.” This view from the hills down into La Cloche Channel is a stunning perspective, very reminiscent of Group of Seven period compositions of lakes viewed from high perches on hillsides. This fine painting would have been produced from a sketch done on the spot, with Casson selecting which aspects of the landscape to emphasize. Casson contrasts the deep blue of the channel and the rich green of the iconic windswept pine with the striking pale quartzite rock formations. Their jagged forms stand solid and immovable against the softly rippling water below. Known for his fine eye for composition, Casson leads the viewer’s eye upward and downward simultaneously: upward from the golden lichen on the rocks in the foreground to the pine, which bends forward, joining to the far shore, then downward to the water. Inlet – Cloche Channel is an extraordinary work, replete with the scintillating atmosphere of this Ontario wilderness scene.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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