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LOT 125

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
1898 - 1992

Farm on the Kilmer Road, Quebec
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1967
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $90,000 - $120,000

Sold for: $157,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Warwick Gallery Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario

Within the Group of Seven, A.J. Casson first established his identity with his paintings of the villages and rural countryside of Ontario. In the 1920s, fellow Group member A.Y. Jackson had invited him to accompany him to his favourite territory on the “artist trails” in Quebec, but Casson demurred. Finally in 1966, Jackson persuaded Casson to accompany him to the Quebec town of Grenville, where the two artists stayed at the home of Munroe Putnam, a forestry engineer, and sketched the surrounding area. Jackson knew the terrain well and guided Casson to the most scenic painting places. These proved so appealing that Casson sketched in Quebec every summer from 1966 until 1974, principally around Grenville. This is a stunning canvas from this period, with great clarity of atmosphere, rich fall hues and a sensitive treatment of impending weather. In the distinctive cloud formations, Casson shows a softened version of the Cubist approach that he sometimes employed, making them more dramatic. Demonstrating his well-honed compositional skills, Casson guides our eye to the weathered farm buildings, using the light filtering through clouds to illuminate the green fields and glowing autumn colours that envelop them.

Estimate: $90,000 - $120,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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