LOT 108

1898 - 1992

La Cloche Channel
watercolour on paper, circa 1947
11 x 13 1/2 in 27.9 x 34.3 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Winchester Galleries, Victoria
Collection of Laurie Guthrie, Edmonton

Paul Duval, A.J. Casson, 1951, the 1949 oil painting entitled La Cloche Channel reproduced page 61
A.J. Casson, My Favourite Watercolours, 1919 to 1957, 1982, foreword by Paul Duval, pages 7 and 122

In 1925, A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael and Fred Brigden founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. Group of Seven painters Casson and Carmichael, both masters of watercolour technique, were committed to promoting what they saw as an underappreciated medium. Paul Duval wrote, “By 1930, A.J. Casson had become one of the most powerful and expressive watercolour painters Canada had ever known. His compositions had acquired a sure formalization, his washes were laid with a consummate assurance, and the boldness of his colour revealed a brilliance and depth then rarely seen in the medium.”

La Cloche was one of Casson’s principal painting places every year from 1947 to 1950. In 1947, he stayed for two weeks in a lodge on La Cloche Channel, later commenting, “I found the Cloche Hills an excellent place to sketch...I was attracted by the Jackpines and the white rocks covered in lichen.” This is an extraordinary example of Casson’s work in this area, a scene which he subsequently chose to make into a canvas. With its bright, transparent colours, fine atmospheric effects and panoramic view across the unique quartzite rock formations, this is a stunning watercolour.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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