LOT 135

1898 - 1992

October Morning, Oxtongue Lake
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed titled and dated 1973 on the artist's label and titled and inscribed #2756H on the Roberts Gallery label
24 x 30 in, 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD

Sold for: $61,250

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Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Ontario

This early morning scene, with stylistic wisps of fog rising from an unseen mid-ground above the stillness of an autumn lake, is depicted as only A.J. Casson can depict it. The plume-like fog is transparent yet architectural, the centrepiece in this examination of stillness. A placid, ancient silence is evoked, stretching from the viewer to beyond the shrouded hills in the distance. Although not essential to one’s engagement, those who have been fortunate enough to visit the areas in and surrounding Ontario’s storied Algonquin Park are especially equipped to understand the tone of this work. Oxtongue Lake, just outside the borders of Algonquin Park, was a favourite painting location for the artist and drew him annually during the latter period of his career. This region’s profound natural resonance has served as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists such as Casson, who was both sensitive enough to perceive it and capable enough to express it. The beauty he articulates here is amplified by the veiling of fog, both revealing and concealing it - suggesting that the area’s true nature will always remain hidden and mysterious.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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