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A. J. CASSON
1898 - 1992
His friendship with Franklin Carmichael, an original member of the Group of Seven, proved to be the
catalyst of Casson's career. Asked to become a member of the Group in 1926 to replace Frank Johnston
who had resigned, Casson went on to become known as a painter of Ontario, as was Carmichael.
He was able to document many of our rural settings and buildings, as well as his great study of the
Ontario landscape with all of the riches that are found in his interpretive paintings of sharply
defined colour and shape and contrast.
Alfred Joseph Casson, born in Toronto, began to study art with J.S. Gordon at Hamilton Technical School
and was apprenticed to a lithographer. Returned to Toronto in 1916 and studied with Harry Britton at the Ontario
College of Art; also at the Central Technical School. Met Franklin Carmichael in 1919 and worked with him at
Sampson& Mathews, as a commercial artist. Became a member of the Group of Seven in 1926 and a founding
member of the Canadian Group of Painters, 1933. A.R.C.A. in 1926, R.C.A. in 1939, P.R.C.A. 1948 - 52.
His paintings hang in every important private, corporate and public collection across our land,
including the National Gallery of Canada. He died in Toronto at the age of 94.
Today, paintings by A.J. Casson hang in the most important public and private collections across Canada
including the National Gallery of Canada. Books and films have documented his life; a lake near Sudbury
and a township near Thessalon have been named after him, and in 1979 he was made an Officer
of the Order of Canada.
Pg. 1 -- Vol. 1 Casson's Casson- initialed & numbered by A.J. Casson
Pg 2 -- Vol. 2 Casson's Casson - initialed & numbered by A.J. Casson
Pg 3-- Large Single Releases - initialed & numbered by A.J. Casson
Pg 4 -- A. J. Casson Giclee Canvas Editions
Pg 5 -- A. J. Casson Open Editions
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