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Alfred Joseph Casson (1898-1992)

Aliases: Albert Joseph Casson

Professions: Painter

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

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

  • ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON (1898-1992)

  • ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON (1898-1992)

Alfred Joseph Casson Biography

(b Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1898; d Toronto, 1992) Canadian painter. Casson joined the Canandian Group of Seven in 1926, becoming its youngest member. By the mid-1920s, he was regularly accompanying Group of Seven members on painting and sketching expeditions throughout southern Ontario. Casson is the Group of Seven member best known for his rich portrayals of Ontario, both southern villages and landscapes, such as this striking view at Manitoulin. He worked as a graphic designer at the commercial art firm Sampson Matthews Limited, but in the 1930s work slowed due to the Depression and he was able to devote much of his time to painting in the studio and the countryside. In the late 1930s, Casson was exhibiting internationally as well as in Canada; in London, England his work was in the Coronation Exhibition in 1937 and in a show at the Tate Gallery. In the United States, he participated in the Great Lakes Exhibition in 1938 and in the 1939 World's Fair. During his career, he worked in a number of different styles, one of which was a geometric style that began in 1945. Related to Cubism, this was a bold and innovative new direction for Casson's work, in which he simplified the elements of his images into formal patterns of sharp-edged rectangles and triangles. He would re-visit this style in the mid-1950s. In the 1940s and 1950s he served on the executive committees of the Ontario College of Art and the Art Gallery of Toronto. The 1950s brought Casson recognition and accolades. His election as president of the Royal Canadian Academy led to his membership in the United States National Academy of Design in 1952. In 1957 Casson left the commercial art firm of Sampson and Matthews Limited to devote himself full time to his painting. Casson Lake, in Curtian Township in the District of Sudbury Ontario, was named after Casson in 1974. A Township was also named after him in 1974 near Thessalon. The longest-lived member of the Group of Seven, Casson was fortunate to experience the great appreciation of Canadians for the Group of Seven. (Credit: Heffel, Vancouver, Live Auction, November 23, 2007, lots 126 & 130; Heffel, Vancouver, Fine Canadian Art, May 22, 2008, lot 83)

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