Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 20, 2017

LOT 66
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.

BELOW MARSHES FALLS, 1974 - OXTONGUE RIVER

oil on board
signed; also signed, titled and dated 1974 on the reverse
12 ins x 15 ins; 30.5 cms x 38.1 cms

Estimate $15,000-$18,000

Realised: $20,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

A.J. Casson (1898-1992) often painted on the Oxtongue River which flows into Algonquin Park. He painted both Ragged Falls and the smaller Marshes Falls, and in this painting, the area below the falls. Here, the artist has selected the point at which the current has slowed down, and beyond which the water lies still enough to reflect the foliage growing along the shore. Casson focuses attention on the two large rocks, their surfaces a patchwork of muted pinks and greys. The cool tones that dominate the foreground, expressive of cold bare rock and fresh moving water, contrast with the warm hues in the upper half of the canvas where the mood is one of quiet and stillness. Casson’s modernism took the form of simplification and attention to the formal qualities of the picture.

Provenance:

Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto
Private Collection, Maple, ON

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Medium: Paintings
Provenance: Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Signed