Artwork by Frank Hans Johnston,  Winter Landscape

Franz Johnston
Winter Landscape

tempera on card
3.5 x 6.75 ins ( 8.9 x 17.1 cms ) ( subject )

Sold for $4,600.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Heribert Hickl-Szabo, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto
Heffel Fine Art Auction House, auction, Toronto, November 22, 2012, lot 105 for a 1924 canvas of the subject titled “Snowed In”
Heri Hickl-Szabo was the curator of the European Department of the Royal Ontario Museum from the mid 1960s until 1985. He later opened Gallery Heri Hickl-Szabo on Avenue Road in Toronto, just north of Bloor Street, the store specializing in art and antiques.

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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.