CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA
1898 - 1992
Farm on Blythwood Rd.
oil on panel
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1926
9 1/2 x 11 1/4 in, 24.1 x 28.6 cm
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD
Sold for: $21,250
Private Collection, Calgary
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 27, 2004, lot 50
Private Collection, Vancouver
Paul Duval, A.J. Casson, Roberts Gallery, 1975, pages 83 and 89
This fine early 1926 painting shows Casson's devotion to painting the townscapes and rural landscapes of Ontario. As Duval writes: “Casson has wandered up and down virtually every village street in central Southern Ontario, with pencil or brush in hand, looking for likely architectural sitters. He has portrayed mills, stores, barns, houses, cabins, sheds and factories in the hundreds. One of his requirements of a subject has always been a pervasive sense of the humanity that built it or lives in it. Whether or not there are people in view in a Casson village painting, one almost always senses their presence behind the walls or just out of view. Like the American painter, Edward Hopper, Casson manages to imbue his rural structures with deeply human overtones.”
Casson has given this work very strong dark and light contrasts, with sunlight striking through the centre field, and a dramatic glowing green sky. The scene has a feeling of time suspended, waiting for those that live there to emerge or return.
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