Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto, ON;
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
Casson’s major canvases in the early 1950s employed a more sombre palette. These are vistas “which capture nature in her more sober garb.” Grays and darkened colours dominated the restricted palette, used to dramatic effect. The majority of Casson’s work from 1953-1955 was inspired by the area around Lake Baptise, close to Bancroft, Ontario.
In the autumn, Casson would rent a cottage on the lake and invite fellow artists to join him to paint. Some years, the artist would bring his wife Margaret to Lake Baptiste in the summer to create sketches that he would use as a base for more complete canvases. Indeed, art historian Paul Duval notes that “some of Casson’s finest canvases were based on sketches done at Lake Baptiste.”
Paul Duval, A.J. Casson / His Life & Works / A Tribute (Prentice-Hall: Toronto 1980).
Very good condition.
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