Lot 44
FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.

PARRY SOUND COUNTRY
oil on canvas board
signed
height 9.0" x width 7.0"
height 22.9 cm x width 17.8 cm


Est. $5000/7000
Realised: $19200
Auction Date: 11/20/2017


Provenance: Private Collection, Waterloo

Literature: Roger Burford Mason, A Grand Eye for Glory: A Life of Franz Johnston, Dundurn Press, Toronto, 1998.

Note: Known as a jovial, humorous man who loved to explore the Ontario wilderness, wrote poetry and fairy tales for his children and enjoyed going to the cinema, Franz Johnston (1888-1949) defied convention, even as he worked within the boundaries of conventional commercial art. The art critic Augustus Bridle, in a 1942 exhibition review, opined that “Franz has a grand eye for glory. He seldom paints anything because it’s grim or ugly”. Certainly the painting Parry Sound Country is a prime example of this delight in the colourful beauty of Canada.


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