LOT 135

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
1898 - 1992

Little Country Church
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1980 on the artist's label and stamped Kastel Gallery
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Kastel Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection

A.J. Casson’s works in oil are painted very thinly and often have the look and feel of watercolours. He was master of that medium, having learned under the high standards of Franklin Carmichael, with whom he had worked as a commercial artist at both Rous & Mann Ltd. and Sampson Matthews Limited. Casson translated his skill with transparent watercolour paint to his flattened, design-driven oils that often have a stage-like sense of drama to them. In works such as Little Country Church, the largely two-dimensional space relies on Casson’s exceedingly refined sense of colour and composition. The trees sit at just the right differing angles to counterbalance the straight lines of the church’s architecture, and their leafy boughs give the work a sense of rhythmic repeating pattern. Casson casts a soft light on everything, rendered with thin washes and layered with subtle blends of several closely related but distinct colours. This pale, misty light and the harmonious green seem to clothe the whole scene in a peaceful, cool tranquility.

Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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