FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
SUN SONG, C.1932
oil on panel
signed; also signed, titled and inscribed "Dr. Wood, December 1932" on the reverse
12 ins x 16 ins; 30.5 cms x 40.6 cms
A slight breeze causes a shimmer of movement on the water’s surface. The sun gleams through the approaching clouds one last time before dipping below the horizon. The trees and bushes in the foreground contrast with the turquoise and purple in the sky as night encroaches from behind. In 1932, Johnston was in his second year of running a summer school at Tondakea Lodge at Balm Beach on the shores of Georgian Bay. The west facing strip of sand is famous for its dramatic sunsets over the bay, which Johnston must have greatly enjoyed recording in his paintings.
Private Collection, Waterloo, ON