Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Ott Living Center
Location Notes:
OLC; 2nd Floor; Lounge Rm. 200

“Little Island” By A.J. Casson

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.64.83
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster reproduction of original 1965 oil on canvas painting
Date:
1965
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 9.5 in Width: 12 in
Description:
An island filled with trees, situated in the middle of a lake.
Historical Context:
Alfred Joseph Casson was born in Toronto and for more than eight decades, his life was centered in Southern Ontario. He was a young commercial artist, assistant to Franklin Carmichael, when the Group of Seven (of which Carmichael was an original member) was formed. This connection helped to lead A.J. Casson to fame. In 1926, the Group of Seven consisted of only six members due to the resignation of Frank Johnston, and the Group invited Casson to join in order to restore their numbers to seven. While Casson often painted the landscape of Northern Ontario like the other Group of Seven artists, his favorite subjects also included the small towns and villages closer to home.