LOT 142

Frank Hans (Franz) Johnston
1888 - 1949

A Song of Winter
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "$650.00"
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $22,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, May 14, 2002, lot 98
Private Collection, Toronto

Winter scenes were a favourite subject of the Group of Seven painters, and for Frank Johnston they continued to be after he left the Group in 1924 and changed his name from Frank to Franz. Johnston charted his own path, and as his style evolved towards a more traditional realism, he became known for his fine ability to capture elusive lighting effects. Contributing to his development in this regard, Johnston intently studied the techniques of the Russian realist landscape painter Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé, who was known for his winter scenes. Johnston continued the Group tradition of painting in the landscape, and the North became his passion – principally northern Ontario, but also northern Quebec and the Northwest Territories. A Song of Winter is an exquisite play of light striking through the trees, their shadows raking across textured snowbanks. An iridescence dances in the rippling water that settles into a still pool, reflecting back its surroundings in slightly darker tones. One can imagine Johnston painting this bejeweled tapestry of winter in his studio, with the music of the stream animating his memory.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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