LOT 134

1898 - 1992

Fields at Heathcote
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed titled and dated 1973 on the artist's label and titled and inscribed #2755H on the Roberts Gallery label
24 x 30 in, 61 x 76.2 cm

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

Sold for: $61,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Ontario
Sold sale of Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, July 15, 2020, lot 134

In this work, A.J. Casson combines what many artists do not: a sense of large scale and a sense of calm in the landscape. When representing size, an artist’s vision will often carry with it an element of foreboding. Yet while Casson regularly succeeded in expressing awe in his work, its tone is altogether more benevolent. Here he depicts rolling farmland outside of Heathcote, Ontario, a small community northwest of Toronto, near the Blue Mountains. A sense of expanse is described in the green and gold patchwork of the fields, but even more so in the density of the clouds. Casson conveyed the volume of their formations in a structural style informed by his long career as one of Canada’s leading designers and commercial artists. Their palpable constructions extend into the far distance, giving a feeling of shelter and abundance. Especially important to note are the revealed glimpses of sky. Rendered in a particularly Casson-esque shade of blue, existing somewhere between cerulean and cyan, they express clearly the peaceful joy that underpins so much of the artist’s work.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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