(1898 - 1992)
Alfred Joseph Casson was active/lived in Ontario / Canada. Alfred Casson is known for landscape portrait painting, graphics.
Alfred Joseph Casson was known for his watercolor paintings of small
communities in southern and central Ontario, Canada. He was one
of the members of the Group of Seven, active in the 1920s. He was
born in 1898 in Toronto, Ontario but grew up in Guelph and attended
school in Hamilton. He first saw the artwork of the unformed
Group of Seven when he and his family had returned to Toronto in 1916.
enrolled in art classes at the Central Technical School and worked as a
freelance commercial designer. At the commercial art firm of Rous
and Mann, Casson worked under the guidance of Franklin
Carmichael. Casson learned typography and graphics from
Carmichael, and the two often took sketching trips together around
Toronto. Already an accomplished landscape painter, he was soon
introduced to the rest of the members of the Group of Seven.
together with Franklin Carmichael and Frederic Henry Brigden founded
the Ontario Society of Painters in Water Color in 1925. Soon
after this event, Casson accepted an invitation to join the Group of
Seven. He struggled free from the influence of Carmichael's
painting style to establish his own. He strayed from the more
typical depictions of northern landscapes to concentrate on the smaller
communities such as Parry Sound, Glen Williams, Norval, Salem and
He died at the age of 94 and was buried along side the other members of the Group of Seven.
David Burnett, Masterpieces of Canadian Art