Canadian Art Select

June 13 — 18, 2020
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LOT 2

Lot 2

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

FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
Lot 2 Details
FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.

MOON PATH

oil on masonite
signed; titled to the artist’s label on the reverse
20 ins x 24 ins; 50.8 cms x 61 cms

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $12,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
  • FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
  • FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
Provenance:

Private Collection, Toronto

Note:

Franz Johnston's penchant for painting scenes of twilight and sunsets seem to indicate that he was a night owl. In Moon Path, as for any nocturnal scene, the challenge is always how to treat the lighting. Although the white orb of the moon isn't visible here, the clear beams of light that it casts are shining up from the little stream in the foreground. Without the moon to overpower them, the stars are able to shine through the trees along the top of the painting. Finally, the eye is drawn to the orange electric light over the door, guiding the viewer toward home and warmth.

CONDITION DETAILS

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
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  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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