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Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Fall 2009 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 207

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

Credit Forks
oil on board
signed and on verso signed twice, titled and dated 1927 on the artist's label and on the gallery label
9 1/4 x 11 1/4 in  23.5 x 28.6cm

Provenance:
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Kitchen, Fredericton
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 27, 2009, lot 207
Corporate Collection, Ontario

Literature:
Paul Duval, A.J. Casson, Roberts Gallery, 1975, reproduced page 50
Joan Murray, A.J. Casson, Art Gallery of Windsor, 1978, page 5

Exhibited:
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, Fredericton Collects, November 1979, catalogue #31

This stunning oil sketch is a classic Group of Seven autumn landscape, painted the year after A.J. Casson joined the Group. Casson modestly stated, “I didn’t join the Group of Seven until 1926 but from 1920 they sort of coached me along…..I had no thought that I would ever belong to it.” Franklin Carmichael asked him to join, and when Casson consented, Carmichael revealed, “We decided last night that you would be [our new member].” Casson related how Lawren Harris fired him with enthusiasm to paint, and that A.Y. Jackson offered insightful critiques on his work. At this time, Casson crystallized his own direction within the Group ~ to depict Ontario ~ its landscapes, villages and rural countryside. Credit Forks is a jewel of a painting that reveals a richly atmospheric view of successive layers of land clothed in autumn brilliance that build to a sky full of rolling clouds. Paul Duval highlighted it in his book on A.J. Casson as a fine sketch of its period, and praised “its rich passages of light and shade, relaxed drawing and confident fluidity of brushwork.”

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD

Sold For: $58,500.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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