Albert Jacques Franck

Albert Jacques Franck - Heffel Gallery

Albert Jacques Franck

1899 - 1973
ARCA CSPWC OSA

Albert Jacques Franck was born in Middleburg, Holland in 1899. As a young man he excelled as a musician - he played the cello - as well as in the sport of competitive swimming. Swimming took him to Belgium, where he became the long distance champion of 1924, then to Indonesia, the United States, and eventually to Canada, where he worked as a swim coach for the YMCA in various places, including Montreal and Jasper National Park in Alberta. Franck had been interested in painting as a child, but had been discouraged from furthering this pursuit by his father. When he settled in Toronto in 1926, he renewed this interest and began to paint in earnest. By 1928 he had centered his attention firmly on street scenes. During this time he also worked at both Eatonís and Simpsons department stores' fine art departments. He also worked as a painting restorer, setting up his own shop on Gerrard Street, where he also showed his own work, a situation which eased his financial situation during the Depression. His first exhibitions were at Simpsons and Eatonís, as well as Roberts Gallery and Hart House in Toronto. His primary subjects of old houses in Toronto were complimented by still lifes and florals, and he also executed a series of works depicting Canada from the air. He was an influential artist and was friends with many of the Painters Eleven group, particularly Harold Town, who wrote a book about Franck entitled Albert Franck: Keeper of the Lanes - His Life, Times and Work, published in 1974. Franck died in Toronto in 1973 at the age of 74.

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Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
St. George Street at Sussex
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $14,000 - $18,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
On Bellevue Avenue
12 x 9 3/4in 30.5 x 24.8cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,775 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2004 auction on Thursday, November 25, 2004
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Whitaker Avenue
20 x 16in 50.8 x 40.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,500 - $6,500 CDN
Sold for:   $9,200 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Back of Seaton Street
24 1/4 x 18 1/4in 61.6 x 46.3cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,605 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2011 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2011
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Street Scene
21 3/4 x 25 1/2in 55.2 x 64.8cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,475 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2007 - 2nd Session auction on Saturday, November 24, 2007
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Behind Robert Street, Toronto
24 x 19 3/4in 61 x 50.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $6,435 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2013 - 5th Session auction on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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  Albert Jacques Franck
On Bleecker Street
25 1/2 x 21 1/2in 64.8 x 54.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2010 - 7th Session auction on Saturday, November 27, 2010
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Lane off Ontario Street
6 5/8 x 4 7/8in 16.8 x 12.4cm
watercolour on card

Estimate:  $1,500 - $2,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2017 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, March 30, 2017
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Lowther Avenue, Toronto
20 x 23 1/2in 50.8 x 59.7cm
circa 1955 - 1961
watercolour, gouache and ink

Estimate:  $4,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,025 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November / December 2003 auction on Saturday, December 06, 2003
Record Albert Jacques Franck sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Albert Jacques Franck
Summer Landscape
10 x 12in 25.4 x 30.5cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,450 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2004 auction on Thursday, November 25, 2004
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