LOT 148

1898 - 1992

Near Bresnahan Lake
oil on board, circa 1955
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "6" (circled) and variously
9 1/2 x 11 1/4 in, 24.1 x 28.6 cm

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

Sold for: $18,750

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. A. Crawford Kenny, Toronto
Bequeathed to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Bresnahan Lake is located just south of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, a relatively short distance from several of A.J. Casson’s most frequented sketching locations. Nearby places such as Bancroft, Barry’s Bay, Combermere, Madawaska and Palmer Rapids were some of Casson’s favourite locales throughout his career, and he depicted them many times in oil and watercolour. This example showcases his noted ability in working successfully with various shades of green. This mastery was in part due to necessity, since for much of his painting career he was employed full time as a commercial artist, which relegated extended sketching trips to the summer months. It was also due to the discipline he proudly cultivated as a graphic designer, often working on projects with strict chromatic constraints. The gentle, flowing rhythms of this composition are complemented by its rich textures, a painterly flourish not always seen in Casson’s work, making this a distinctive example.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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