Artwork by John Young Johnstone,  Nautical Scene

John Johnstone
Nautical Scene

ink and watercolour on paper
signed lower right; titled on the gallery label on the reverse; unframed (matted)
9 x 14 ins ( 22.9 x 35.6 cms ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Price Realized $270.00
Sale date: February 28th 2023

Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal
Kastel Gallery, Montreal
Important Private Collection, Vancouver
Heffel Fine Art, auction, February 2019, lot 307
Private Collection, USA

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John Young Johnstone
(1887 - 1930) ARCA

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied at the Art Association of Montreal under William brymner, RCA, and in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière under Pau, Casteluche, Simon, and Ménard. His style was rather beautiful being a simplified realism also with the influence of the Impressionists. He was most successful in his early thirties. He exhibited his paintings at the Montreal Spring Shows and with the Royal Canadian Academy. He was elected ARCA in 1920. Newton MacTavish included him amongst the very fine painters in Canada in 1925 and his painting “A Quebec Village” was reproduced in MacTavish's “The Fine Arts in Canada”. The National Gallery of Canada acquired four of his canvases. In 1930 he went to Havana, Cuba, and somehow became destitute and died there at the age of 43.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977