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LOT 125

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

Grey Day, Quebec
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1968 on the artist's and gallery labels and inscribed "G-316" and "ST#F303"
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $103,250

Preview at:

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario

Ted Herriott, Sunday Morning with Cass: Conversations with A.J. Casson, 1993, page 128

A.J. Casson established his identity in the Group of Seven through his depictions of the villages and rural countryside of Ontario. Quebec he considered to be A.Y. Jackson’s special territory, although Jackson had invited him along on sketching trips there in the 1920s. However, in 1966, Jackson’s persuasive powers prevailed, and Casson accompanied him to the Quebec town of Grenville. Jackson’s knowledge of the area was extensive, and Casson was so inspired by the painting places he saw that he returned to Quebec every summer from 1966 to 1974, mostly to Grenville. From there, Casson told Ted Herriott, “You could drive up about fifteen miles of hilly country and you got into the Laurentians, then you could come back down the (Rivière) Rouge. It was about a thirty mile round trip…” Casson shared Jackson’s love of rustic farms and houses, as seen here in the buildings settled into the rolling countryside. Casson’s keen awareness of composition is everywhere in this fine, atmospheric canvas – in the bright buildings against shadowed hills, geometric patterning of windows and doors, and big sky with its contrast between a luminous horizon and darkening clouds.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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