Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 20, 2017

LOT 52
ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
  • ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
  • ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
  • ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.

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ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.

EDGE OF THE WOODS

oil on canvas board
signed; inscribed “August 1942” on the reverse
9.5 ins x 11.5 ins; 24.1 cms x 29.2 cms

Estimate $25,000-$30,000

Realised: $24,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

In 1942, the year this work was painted, A.J. Casson had become art director at Sampson-Matthews. This oil sketch was likely painted during his summer holidays and is typical of Group of Seven sketches made in the field.

Here Casson has focused on the various states of timber he has encountered at the edge of the woods: an uprooted tree in the foreground, a burnt stump, and wood floating in the water. A short log on the shore sits at the centre of the picture. In encountering this scene, it is possible that Casson was reminded of the war that was being fought overseas, which was a preoccupation of all Canadians. In particular, however, Casson supervised the Sampson-Matthews silkscreen project, conceived by A.Y. Jackson and supported by the National Gallery, that adapted paintings by Canadian artists for use as silkscreen prints to decorate servicemen’s quarters in Canada and overseas during the Second World War.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Maple, ON

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Medium: Paintings
Signed