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LOT 108

Frank Hans (Franz) Johnston
1888 - 1949

Waterfall, Algoma
oil on board, circa 1918 - 1920
signed and on verso titled "Algoma" and inscribed by the artist "This painting is an authentic painting by Franz Johnston"
10 1/2 x 13 1/4 in 26.7 x 33.7 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Preview at: Design Exchange

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. A. Crawford Kenny, Toronto
Bequeathed to the present Private Collection, Toronto

This beautifully textured work bears many of the hallmarks of Frank (Franz) Johnston’s work produced on the famed Algoma boxcar sketching trips. Undertaken by Johnston and some of the other artists who would soon be formally known as the Group of Seven, these journeys were forays deep into the landscape they sought as their inspiration. Though the sketch is signed Franz Johnston as his later works would be, the rugged and expressive style of this painting—with thick, jewel-like applications of an organically toned palette—speaks more to that earlier period. It is complementary in many ways to October Birches, lot 107 in this sale, which is more definitively from that time. The subject, too, speaks to the far removed locations visited on the Algoma excursions. Here, Johnston employs a ruggedly Impressionistic technique to depict the trickling of a hidden forest waterfall. The tangible volume of the large mossy stones surrounding it, as well as the overhanging autumn branches, contrasts with the glassiness of the pool, creating a bucolic stillness.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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