American & Modern Painting Online Auction

February 25, 2016

LOT 60

Lot 60

Fred G. Johnson (1892-1990)

Fred G. Johnson (1892-1990)
Lot 60 Details
Fred G. Johnson (1892-1990), American


Painting on canvas; signed lower right.
94" x 117" — 238.8 x 297.2 cm.

Estimate $1,000-$2,000

Realised: $1,140
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Fred G. Johnson (1892-1990)
  • Fred G. Johnson (1892-1990)

Fred G. Johnson born in Chicago was a prolific sideshow banner artist whose career spanned 65 years. His banner paintings were displayed at the Chicago World's Fair of 1933, called A Century Of Progress, and by circuses such as Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, and Clyde Beatty.[2] He has been called the "Picasso" of circus art.


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LOT 60

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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