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LOT 109

Frank Hans (Franz) Johnston
ARCA CSPWC G7 OSA
1888 - 1949
Canadian

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

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000

Preview at: Design Exchange

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


A wonderful study in form, colour and texture, this oil sketch also speaks to the many influences that contributed to Frank (Franz) Johnston’s style. Though his method would later resolve into a more classically romantic approach, this gestural work prefigures that period and places it more in line with the sensibilities of the Group of Seven. Though formally exhibiting with them only once, in their first eponymous exhibition—which took place 100 years ago this spring—Johnston painted with them for much of the decade prior to that. Their common vision was born from the confluence of their shared influences. While inspired by European Impressionism and Nordic modernism, many of the Group were also employed as graphic designers. This particular work’s flattened composition and clearly delineated areas of pattern relate to Johnston’s own training as a commercial artist. In addition to Toronto, this career took him to Philadelphia and New York, where he worked with renowned designers such as Louis Fancher, and contributed to a style that would find full expression in works such as this.


Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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