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LOT 145

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

Lumbermen's Shacks, Lake Redstone
oil on board, circa 1933
signed and on verso signed and titled
9 1/2 x 11 1/4 in 24.1 x 28.6 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $70,200

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Walter Tilden, Toronto
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection

Jean Blodgett et al, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1989, page 105

The York Club, Toronto, Annual Group of Seven Dinner, April 26, 2000

A.J. Casson stated, “If I had to define my own contribution to the Canadian art scene, what was particularly mine were really the rural villages and houses.” He was especially fond of the landscape of Ontario, where he had sketched out of doors with Franklin Carmichael since 1919. It was Carmichael who suggested Casson become a member of the Group of Seven when Frank Johnston left, and Casson’s style of work provided an interesting balance to that of the rest of the Group. Like Jackson, he depicted a gentler, more peopled Canada that was settled with small farms and quaint homes. He painted ramshackle stores and sleepy villages viewed from sunlit hilltops or along quiet roads. But his work has a softer quality than Jackson’s. Casson’s Canada invites you to come and sit on the porch. He was very skilled in composing his scenes, situating his roads to lead us in, capturing beams of sun so that the buildings are seen in a dramatic light. This early depiction of lumbermen’s shacks at Redstone Lake is near Haliburton, one of Casson’s regular haunts.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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