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LOT 106

Frank Hans (Franz) Johnston
1888 - 1949

oil on board
signed Frank H. Johnston and on verso titled and dated 1916
10 1/2 x 13 in 26.7 x 33 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Preview at: Design Exchange

By descent within the family of the Artist, Ontario

Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario, June 30 - September 5, 2000
West Parry Sound District Museum, Ontario, Franz Johnston: Rebel Among Rebels, July 1 - September 29, 2001

In 1915, Frank Johnston returned to Toronto from New York, where he had worked at the Carleton Studios, a design firm. He resumed his former life as a commercial artist and associated with his friends at the Arts and Letters Club. He painted at every opportunity and went north under the urging of Dr. James MacCallum, the well-known patron of the Group of Seven. This is an exceptionally fine early work by Frank Johnston. With its lofty vista from a high vantage point and the autumn colours creeping through the bright hills that surround the lake, it is a quintessential Group composition. The darkness of the lake creates a focal point, a still point for the eye to rest. Rich hues of purple and teal green run through the trees, which contain contrasts of evergreens and rounded deciduous forest. Johnston’s Algoma is sumptuous, and contains much for the eye to linger over.

This work has been in the collection of the family of the artist, and this is the first time it has been offered for sale.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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