Artwork by Frank Hans Johnston,  Torches of Spring
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Cowley Abbott
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #6

Franz Johnston
Torches of Spring

oil on board
signed lower left; signed and titled on the reverse
24 x 30 ins ( 61 x 76.2 cms )

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Provenance:
Private Collection, Calgary
After participating in the early exhibitions of the Group of Seven, Frank Johnston moved to Manitoba in 1921 to become the head of the Winnipeg School of Art. This period marked an artistic divergence from the Group, as Johnston gradually adopted a more traditional style. Building on the influence of 19th century artists like Homer Watson, Johnston created romantic landscapes which explored light and pattern. In “Torches of Spring”, Johnston expertly makes use of the age-old compositional device of painting a meandering river to draw the viewer’s eye from foreground to background. Johnston excelled at capturing subtle, atmospheric effects. Rolling hills flow into the distance in delicate tones of blue and violet, and the arrival of spring is wonderfully depicted here, with mists gently rising from melting snow.
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Frank Hans Johnston
(1888 - 1949) Group of Seven, OSA, ARCA, CSPWC

"In Johnston one can almost see the sound swelling into the vastness of infinity. The small panel is no restriction to the eye and one stands among the stars of timeless space. Dancing formless light, subaqueous in feeling, ephemeral as Aurora Borealis. It holds one motionless in moving space." Frank (Franz) Johnston was born in Toronto and like many other Group members, he joined Grip Ltd. as a commercial artist. In 1910, he left for the United States where he studied art in Philadelphia and worked in commercial design in New York. Although an original member of the Group, Johnston's association was a brief one. He did exhibit in the exhibition of 1920, but by 1921 he had left Toronto to become Principal at the Winnipeg School of Art. In the earlier years of their friendship, Johnston had joined MacDonald and Harris on their journeys to Algoma. His paintings from those years express a strong decorative interpretation of the landscape. In later years, the artist's style became more realistic and revealed a strong fascination with the qualities of light. In 1927, Johnston changed his name to the more exotic title of 'Franz' Johnston and found some success in commercial art galleries, where he was free from association with any formal group of artists.