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LOT 142

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

Cloud Formations, Jacknife, Georgian Bay
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1982 and on a label
30 x 36 in 76.2 x 91.4 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $145,250

Preview at:

Roberts Gallery, Toronto, inventory #92025
Private Collection, Toronto

The dramatic, architectural clouds in this impressive canvas combine two important elements of A.J. Casson’s aesthetic: one being a rugged and gestural Post-Impressionist approach, cultivated during his time as a member of the Group of Seven, and the other his mastery of composition, developed during his more than 30-year career as a graphic designer. In combining these influences, Casson developed a distinctive style that sought to present the essence of the natural world via a lens of idealization and stylization.

As expressed here, the huge forms of the cloud bank seem to gallop forward from the approaching storm front, their configurations made all the more solid by strong outlining and skilful modulations of white, grey and green with subtle undertones of pink. This solidness is in turn amplified by the tight, angular applications of cerulean in the sky that provide a contrasting gentle iridescence, mirrored by the rippled water of the lake. It bears noting that a sky such as this one presented by another artist might possibly be frightening or overpowering. As presented by Casson, however, it exudes a beautiful calm.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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