LOT 148

1888 - 1949

Frost Bound
oil on board, circa 1934
signed and on verso signed, titled, inscribed "$350.00" / "9704" / "17" / "1367" / "C.949" and stamped R.C. Vose Paintings, Boston
20 x 24 in, 50.8 x 61 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Sold for: $17,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist by Vose Galleries, Boston, November 1934
Acquired from the above by a Private Collection, Boston, December 1934
Acquired from the above by a Private Collection, Boston, circa 1955
By descent to the present Private Collection, USA

Exhibition of Paintings by Franz Johnston A.R.C.A, Vose Galleries, Boston, 1934, listed

Vose Galleries, Boston, Exhibition of Paintings by Franz Johnston A.R.C.A, December 3 - 29, 1934, catalogue #2

Works produced by Franz Johnston following his departure from the Group of Seven in 1921 show a return to a more classic approach to landscape. Though less stylistically confrontational than works by his peers J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson or Lawren Harris, these works by Johnston demonstrate a perceptive eye and accomplished hand. In this work, produced immediately after what can be defined as the Group period, the patterning of the bare trees of the mid-ground hearkens back to the artist’s rugged depictions of Georgian Bay and Algoma in oil and tempera. In compelling contrast to the finely delineated trees, the exquisite light in the far distance and the soft rippling of the partially frozen stream in the foreground suggest a sympathy with Romantic-era painters of European and even Russian traditions. Importantly, Johnston’s work also maintains a connection with Impressionism in its soft forms and the gently prismatic expression of light on snow. If compared to poetry, Frost Bound contains elements of both John Keats’s lyrical romanticism and Walt Whitman’s sensual modernism, while at the same time evidencing an artist guided by his own personal vision.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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