LOT 137

1898 - 1992

Little Current
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1962 and inscribed "Jennie Ross"
12 x 15 in, 30.5 x 38.1 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $52,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist by Harry and Jennie Ross, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

The town of Little Current on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island is named for the fast-moving waters that flow through the narrow channel to the north. This strait connects Georgian Bay with the North Channel, a body of water with Lake Huron to the south and the La Cloche Mountains to the north. Scenic and majestic, this area has long attracted artists, including A.J. Casson’s close friend and mentor Franklin Carmichael. Though Carmichael had passed away more than 15 years before this distinctive work was produced, it contains some gestures that show his influence. The La Cloche range is depicted in the distance, an area closely associated with Carmichael. The predominance of blue in the composition is also more stylistically Carmichael than Casson, but the most important element is the painting’s perspective. Whereas Casson’s compositions are often flattened, focusing on elements in the mid-ground that dominate the image, high-vantage vistas such as this are more the domain of Carmichael. While remaining true to his voice, with Little Current Casson produced a unique work that speaks to the enduring legacy of friendship and influence.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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