Lot # 104
Fine Canadian Art Live auction

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA 1898 - 1992 Canadian

Summer Afternoon - Near Terra Cotta
oil on board
signed and on verso signed twice, titled and dated 1930 on the artist's label and inscribed "43 Rochester Ave., Toronto"
9 3/8 x 11 1/4 in  23.8 x 28.6cm

Acquired directly from the Artist by Rous & Mann Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Vancouver

While the 1930s was a difficult decade for many due to the financial hardships of the Depression, it was a strong and productive period for Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson. His work schedule at the commercial art firm Sampson Matthews Limited had slowed, leaving him more free time to paint. He concentrated his attention on the rural Ontario communities and countryside not far from Toronto, such as Terra Cotta. During this decade, the work he produced on this theme was extraordinary - to name only two, his 1938 canvas The White Village and the 1933 canvas Anglican Church at Magnetawan, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, were masterworks. Casson was drawn to the simplicity and craftsmanship of southern Ontario village architecture, such as this tall, narrow house, but also to the tranquil atmosphere of the surrounding countryside. In Summer Afternoon - Near Terra Cotta, sun shining through apertures in the lofty, billowing clouds lights up the grass and haystack, bathing the scene in the serene, golden glow of summer.
The address in the inscription was Casson's residence in Toronto from 1931.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $47,200 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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