ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
OCTOBER STORM, 1972
oil on board
signed; also signed and inscribed “Dorset Rd., 1972” on the reverse
12 ins x 15 ins; 30.5 cms x 38.1 cms
It was at Roberts Gallery in March of 1959 that A.J. Casson (1898-1992) had his first one-man show. Jack Wildridge of Roberts Gallery held the artist in high regard, hosting six dedicated exhibitions of Casson’s work between 1959 and 1972, the year this work was painted.
The important new association with Roberts Gallery and the freedom from his commercial art career led Casson to a period of great production and achievement from the 1960s onward.
In October Storm Casson uses both the rolling storm clouds and the fiery autumn foliage to great effect, provoking an almost dizzying sensation mitigated somewhat - and thoughtfully - by the distance set between viewer and the cliff’s edge. It is a dynamic viewpoint. But Casson also devotes about half of his composition to rocky terrain and autumn trees and half to the sky; a decision that serves to stabilize the composition. The result is a sublime view executed with a wise and experienced brush.
Paul Duval, A.J. Casson / His Life & Works / A Tribute, n.p., Toronto, 1980, pages 158-163 and 225-229.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto