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Alfred J. Casson
(1898-1992)

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Introduction
Carmichael Harris Jackson Johnston Lismer
MacDonald Varley Casson FitzGerald Holgate
Tom Thomson

Canada 1995. Group of Seven. Realism/Naturalism. Alfred Casson. Mill Houses.

Alfred J. Casson was born in Toronto on 17th May 1898, but chose for more than eight decades to live in Central Ontario.  When The Group of Seven was founded in 1920, he was a commercial artist and assistant to Franklin Carmichael.  This professional relationship helped Casson to gain his certificates as a painter.  In 1926 he joined The Group of Seven, which had already been reduced to "six" after Frank Johnston left in 1921, so Casson's membership gave legitimate reason for the group's original name.

As Casson was a latecomer in the group, his style was distinguished from the rest of the group, but also because he continued to work as a commercial artist until the age of 60, when he retired from his function as Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Agency of Samson-Mathews in Toronto.  

  • Canada 1995. Mill Houses.  Painted 1928.  Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Canada.  Scott # 1561a. 

This is the only stamp that Canada has issued of Casson's work.

Casson's subject matters were different from the other members of The Group of Seven, because he never took great interest in the landscapes of the Canadian Northern Wilderness, that were largely preferred by the rest of the group.  On the contrary he concentrated on rural and more intimate scenes of Central Ontrario.  

 
Introduction
Carmichael Harris Jackson Johnston Lismer
MacDonald Varley Casson FitzGerald Holgate
Tom Thomson

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