Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8 pm ET
FRANK HANS JOHNSTON, O.S.A., R.C.A.
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Private Collection, Ontario
An original member of the Group of Seven, Franz Johnston is known as a master painter of light. He painted most often in oils, but it is in his works in tempera paint that his Art Nouveau influences really shine. A simple scene of a small cabin in a dense forest reveals his very keen eye for colour where the myriad shades of blue contrast with the warm glow of sunlight on snow and the rays peeking through the gaps in the tall red-trunked pine trees.
While former colleagues like Lawren Harris moved toward the modernism of the 20th century, Johnston instead moved backward in time. His work increasingly took on the narrative qualities of classic 19th century landscapes. This offering, Cabin in Snowy Woods, captures the dreamy point at which the two traditions intersect. There is something not-of-this-world about the small structure perched on the edge of a commanding forest. The lonely, blueish tint offers a counterpoint to what may be his most famous piece, Shack in the Woods. Maybe something can be taken from the fact that the cabin in snowy woods is throwing up no smoke from a fire - unlike its counterpart, it is unoccupied. It stands alone.
The work is in good condition with some minor condition issues. Please contact us for a detailed condition report.
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