ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
BARN AT POINTE AU CHENE, QUE.
oil on board
signed; also signed, titled and dated 1968 on the reverse
12 ins x 15 ins; 30.5 cms x 38.1 cms
Fellow Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson had been an enthusiastic ambassador for Quebec often suggesting to his painting colleagues that the picturesque subject matter to be found there was unparallelled. Other Ontario-based artists, such as Fred Banting for example, travelled with A.Y. to the Lower St. Lawrence and found much to mine there.
While Casson had visited Quebec prior to 1968 (see lot 8), it had been in a somewhat limited way. His retirement from Sampson-Matthews in 1958, however, freed him up for longer and more frequent trips and he seized the opportunity. Barn at Pointe au Chene is an example of the result of this and one cannot help but feel the inspiration of A.Y. - who rarely encountered an old barn he didn’t want to paint.
Private Collection, Toronto