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LOT 178

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

Rising Mist, October
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled on the artist's label and dated 1979 on the Roberts Gallery label
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $52,650

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
An Important Private Estate, Toronto

Ontario was A.J. Casson’s prime painting territory, and he explored it extensively from the wild north in Algonquin Park to the villages and rural landscapes of the south. Rising Mist, October is proof that Casson was not just a painter of fair weather subjects, but was drawn to to the action of the elements in the landscape, the dramatic light effects of fog, thunderstorms and rain showers. His depiction of these moody scenes led him to explore different modernist approaches in his depiction of space and weather, from a dramatic emphasis on stylized shapes such as in Rising Mist, October to a later cubist approach of splitting space into broken planes. His treatment of the mist in this work gives it an eerie fascination as it rises, taking unusual forms. Casson contrasts the pale grey of mist and sky with layers of dark evergreens against the bright yellow-green and coral hues of deciduous trees glowing in their autumn phase, capturing the strength and beauty of this solemn land.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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