LOT 105

1898 - 1992

Muskoka Bay
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1930 and inscribed with the Roberts Gallery inventory #4630 on the gallery label
9 x 11 in, 22.9 x 27.9 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $67,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax
Private Collection, Ontario

In 1958, A.J. Casson retired from the graphic art firm Sampson-Matthews Ltd., and with the burgeoning Canadian art market showing signs of strength, he needed an art dealer to represent his work. That dealer would be Roberts Gallery’s Jack Wildridge, and their relationship would continue for the rest of the artists’s career. Casson’s first solo exhibition, in 1959, was composed primarily of new and recent work, and subsequent exhibitions would reach into his back catalogue with oil sketches such as this one. Produced during his time with the Group of Seven, many such works remained in the artist’s studio for decades, as few Canadians in the 1930s had the means of, or even interest in, purchasing works by local artists. A highly sought after example today, Muskoka Bay contains the essence of the young Casson’s lively vigour; it also shows his dexterous use of green and his thoughtful engagement with rural architecture. The Muskoka region was a favourite of Casson’s during this era, as it offered painterly vistas while still being accessible by car for the young family man’s weekend sketching trips.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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