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
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.”
Roger Burford Mason, A Grand Eye for Glory: A Life of Franz Johnston, Dundurn Press, Toronto, 1998, page 69.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Department: Canadian Fine Art
Artist Groups: Group Of Seven
Provenance: Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto / Montreal, Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal