Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 20, 2017

LOT 44
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.
  • FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
  • FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.

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

PARRY SOUND COUNTRY

oil on canvas board
signed
9 ins x 7 ins; 22.9 cms x 17.8 cms

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $19,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/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.

Literature:

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

Provenance:

Private Collection, Waterloo

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Artist Groups: Group Of Seven
Medium: Paintings
Signed