ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
ROCKY HILLSIDE - SEPT - 1970
oil on board
signed; also signed and inscribed “On the Minden Road - 1970” on the reverse
12 ins x 15 ins; 30.5 cms x 38.1 cms
A.J. Casson’s (1898-1992) desire to focus full-time on his painting career had led to his retirement in 1958. Casson decided to seek representation from a permanent dealer soon after. Paul Duval notes: “Until 1958, he had shown and sold his work through art societies and by consignment to various galleries in Toronto and Montreal. Now he felt the need for a stable gallery relationship. He wanted someone to take over the problems of exhibiting and marketing his pictures, removing him from the details which interfered with his creative concentration. After carefully surveying the available galleries, he decided upon Roberts Gallery on Toronto’s Yonge Street.”
Like many Casson collectors, the owners of this painting would have recalled the crowds and mood outside the downtown gallery whenever a Casson show was about to open and the fury with which red sold dots appeared beside the fresh sketches that the artist had produced. Nearly 50 years later, the demand for Casson works has not abated.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto