Casson, Alfred Joseph
Casson, the youngest member of the Group of Seven, was invited to join the Group in 1926. He had apprenticed as Group member Frank Carmichael's assistant at the Toronto commercial art firm of Rous and Mann in 1919. Like Carmichael, he always worked full time, which limited his painting activities to weekends and holidays. In contrast to many other Group members who are identified with northern landscapes, Casson is remembered primarily as a painter of rural Ontario. In this work he depicts a scene in the town of Rockwood. In composing the painting, Casson has provided a snapshot effect through the seemingly arbitrary choice of what is included within the frame, while the elevated perspective gives the viewer the sensation of floating just above the rooftops of the houses.