LOT 131

1898 - 1992

Woodland Tangle
oil on board, circa 1959
signed and on verso signed and titled on the artist's and the gallery labels
23 3/4 x 30 in 60.3 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, November 7, 1989, lot 120
An Important Corporate Collection, Canada

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Twelfth Annual Exhibition, 1961

This painting is from the outset of a key period in A.J. Casson’s artistic career. Casson joined the Group of Seven in the mid-1920s, having painted with them for most of that decade. A young man, some 25 years junior to J.E.H. MacDonald, he honed his mature style in the company of some of the era’s most celebrated artists. Though he was careful to maintain his own identity amid these formidable influences, his work from this period, though clearly his own, is stylistically aligned with the Canadian Impressionists in Ontario. The late 1950s marked a change in his life - Casson retired from the commercial art firm Sampson Matthews Limited, and then, for the first time, he was able to focus solely on his painting. From that freedom flowed some of the fullest expressions of Casson’s artistic voice. As expressed here, the exceptional finesse of the green palette, tight rhythms and stylized forms are quintessentially his own, and the overall composition is strikingly reminiscent of another masterpiece of the decade, Blue Heron, from 1957. Woodland Tangle is a masterful example from the dawn of a peak period in Casson’s renowned career.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information posted, errors and omissions may occur. All bids are subject to our Terms and Conditions of Business.