LOT 126

1898 - 1992

Early July Morning
oil on canvas, circa 1979
signed and on verso signed and titled
20 x 24 in, 50.8 x 61 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

Sold for: $58,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 7, 1996, lot 97
Private Collection, Winnipeg

The subject of this A.J. Casson canvas is likely Oxtongue Lake, Ontario, based on its striking similarity to the 12 x 15-inch oil sketch by the artist entitled Early July, Oxtongue Lake, sold by Heffel in November of 2005. That oil sketch is dated 1979, which fits neatly with the documented sketching locations Casson frequented at this point in his career. Oxtongue Lake is located in Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands, just off the southwest corner of Algonquin Park. It was a favourite destination for the artist during much of his later period. Oxtongue Lake was easily accessible by car, yet offered the unspoiled, almost primordial landscapes that had so long inspired Casson, his friends, and what was by then an entirely new generation of artists. This resonant study in serenity includes many gentle examples of what makes Casson’s work his own – structural planes of atmosphere, masterful modulation of a tightly controlled palette, an elegantly balanced composition, and a subtle, distinctive description of the water’s surface and currents.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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