Lot # 104
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA 1898 - 1992 Canadian

The Lake in the Hills, Lake Superior
watercolour on paper 1929
17 x 20 in  43.2 x 50.8cm

Private Collection, United Kingdom

The watercolours produced by A.J. Casson between 1925 and 1930 show his mastery of the medium. Rightfully seeing watercolour as underappreciated, Casson, along with Franklin Carmichael, sought to bolster its reputation with the founding of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 1925. This led to Carmichaelís insistence that his and Cassonís watercolours have a room of their own in the Group of Sevenís 1930 exhibition. Produced during that key period, The Lake in the Hills, Lake Superior eloquently illustrates their beliefs. The subtle gradations of the wash of blue lake leading from the elevated foreground into the gently moody hills provide a palpable sense of height and distance. His rhythmic depiction of the landscape rendered in layers of raw sienna and burnt umber, offset by transparencies of ultramarine receding into the distance, creates a presence of atmosphere as only watercolour can. A deft outlining of form in Cassonís exactingly drawn composition creates an effect that is highly detailed while still remaining impressionistic. Harnessing the full capacity of the medium, Casson has created an expression that is at once majestic and intimate.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD  
Sold for: $91,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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