Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 24, 2014

LOT 78
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.

IN DEEP - BREAKING A NEW TRAIL AT JACKPINE, ONTARIO

oil on masonite
signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
25 ins x 30 ins; 63.5 cms x 76.2 cms

Estimate $12,000-$15,000

Realised: $11,800

About artist/note:

During the late 1920s and 1930s Johnston would make regular trips to Northern Ontario, many of them to the Thunder Bay area and beyond. Masson notes that at this time Johnston secured a commission “from a wealthy patron to paint a rare, all-white team of huskies.” The locals he encountered on these northern excursions were struck by “his philosophical acceptance of frost-bitten fingers and ears, the concomitant of painting out-of-doors in those sub-zero temperatures” finding it “more than a little strange, not to say eccentric.”

Literature:

Roger Burford Mason, A Grand Eye for Glory: A Life of Franz Johnston, Dundurn Press, Toronto, 1998, page 69.

Provenance:

Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Artist Groups: Group Of Seven
Medium: Paintings
Provenance: Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto / Montreal, Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Signed