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and the Group of Seven
|Alfred Joseph Casson joined the Group of Seven in 1926 and was also a founding member of The Canadian Group of Painters and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. Throughout his long career he can be attributed with keeping the style and techniques of the Group of Seven alive.|
|For the most part Casson left the epic landscapes of the northlands to the other members of the Group of Seven and concentrated on settings in central and southern Ontario. He has been a pictorial biographer of such small towns and villages as Bancroft, Parry Sound and Norval. His crisp, deliberate syle is perfectly suited to the rustic architecture of these areas. Although not a people painter, many of his compositions contain human figures which play a small part in creating an overtone of human drama.|
|Casson is one of the finest watercolourists in Canadian art. He learned his technique from fellow group member Franklin Carmichael while working with him as a designer at Sampson-Matthews Ltd, a Toronto printing house. In his watercolours Casson's design sense can be seen at it's purest. Many of Casson's best known oil paintings existed originally as watercolours.|