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Alfred Joseph Casson

Spring Sunshine

Artist

Alfred Joseph Casson
Toronto 1898 – Toronto 1992

Title

Spring Sunshine

Date

1923

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

94.2 x 112.5 cm

Credits

Gift of the Fournelle family in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2010.597

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

In 1926, when he joined the Group of Seven, A. J. Casson was known for his depictions of the rural landscapes of southern Ontario, which he sensed were fast disappearing. He chose moments to paint based on the interplay of light and shadow that enhanced the subject’s effect. In Spring Sunshine, the scale of the large elms in the foreground sets up a connection with those of the village distinguishable in the distance. They and their shadows lend the composition dimension and breadth, while the highly varied range of tones, the greens in particular, modulate the landscape and attest to the artist’s work with light.

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