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 Alfred Joseph Casson  (1898 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada      Known for: landscape portrait painting, graphics

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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.

He 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.

Casson 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 Killarney Park.

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

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