Lot # 188
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

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

Old Houses, Rockwood
watercolour on paper
signed, titled in the paper margin and dated 1930
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Estate, Ontario

Paul Duval, A.J. Casson, Roberts Gallery, 1975, page 71

The medium of watercolour was very important to A.J. Casson, and he and fellow Group of Seven artist Franklin Carmichael worked to raise its status, which they felt had been neglected. During the April 1930 Group exhibition, Casson and Carmichael exhibited watercolours exclusively, insisting on having a special room set aside for them. Paul Duval states, “By 1930 Casson had become one of the most powerful and expressive watercolour painters Canada has known.” His command of composition and utter assurance with technique had reached a pinnacle. Old Houses, Rockwood, Ontario, with its transparent washes that so clearly give the impression of sunlight, is an outstanding 1930 Group period watercolour. Crisp and clear in its definition of form, it also poignantly captures the peaceful atmosphere of this small southern Ontario community, a subject that was at the core of Casson’s oeuvre.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $25,000 CAD  
Sold for: $25,740 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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