JOHN YOUNG JOHNSTONE, A.R.C.A.
oil on panel
signed and dated ‘14
8.75 ins x 7.25 ins; 22.2 cms x 18.4 cms
Johnstone vacillated between wanting to be appreciated and wanting to be left alone. As such there is a paucity of information published about him given his obvious talent.
In this delightful painting, Johnstone has chosen to observe the world from afar, keeping a safe distance from the quayside action. In 1914, Paris was nearing the end of the Belle Epoque and was as Scholfield put it: ”a city giddy with the pace of industrial, scientific and cultural change...”
Hugh Scholfield, “La Belle Epoque: Paris 1914,” BBC News, Paris (7 January 2014), bbc.com.
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Florida