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LOT 126

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

Evening Sun
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled on the exhibition label and dated 1962
12 x 15 in 30.5 x 38.1 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $79,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Joseph B. Vaughan, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

The Women's Committee of the Art Gallery of Toronto Sale of Canadian Art, 1962

A quintessential piece from what A.J. Casson referred to as his “Box Period,” Evening Sun from 1962 contains many of the most distinctive elements of the artist’s work. A design-oriented geometric flatness informed by his career as a graphic designer is this piece’s standout feature, along with the centrally placed rural Ontario architecture. The blush pink of the pastoral home is visible as a subtle undertone throughout the painting, providing a gentle calmness, while the glassy tranquility of the foreground water and the delicate cerulean of the sky behind the layered, angular clouds provide a beautiful stillness. The deft handling of the multiple shades of green, however, is perhaps the foremost Casson hallmark. Although no location is mentioned in the title, this oil sketch is believed to depict the back of the general store in Terra Cotta, Ontario, looking north across the Credit River. This fits very well with the well-documented sketching location the artist frequented during this period. The original owner of the work, a friend of Casson’s, had a residence in this area, where he and the artist would meet.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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