JOHN YOUNG JOHNSTONE, A.R.C.A.
LIGHTHOUSE WITH MOORED BOATS
oil on panel
5 ins x 7 ins; 12.7 cms x 12.7 cms
A lighthouse with moored boats is a typical choice of subject for an Impressionist painter, yet John Young Johnstone infuses this work with unexpected suspense not so typical of his confrères. As A.K. Prakash observes, Johnstone “Instinctively was now rendering not a fleeting moment like the Impressionists, but an immeasurable duration that emphasizes the suspension of time.”
A.K. Prakash, John Young Johnstone (1887-1930): Retrospective Exhibition (catalogue), Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal, 2005, page 2.
Private Collection, Toronto