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Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

325577 27-Jan-2022 03:08:56 PM $30,000

847223 27-Jan-2022 03:06:11 PM $27,500

325577 27-Jan-2022 02:59:01 PM $25,000

28877 27-Jan-2022 02:55:53 PM $22,500

847223 27-Jan-2022 02:53:24 PM $20,000

816370 25-Jan-2022 07:28:41 PM $19,000

325577 25-Jan-2022 07:08:45 PM $18,000

The bidding history list updated on: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 05:26:23

LOT 226

1888 - 1949

Song of September
oil on board
signed and on verso signed and titled and titled on the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts label
24 x 30 in, 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $18,000 - $22,000 CAD

Sold for: $37,250

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Private Collection, Ontario

Following his brief tenure as an original member of the Group of Seven, Frank (Franz) Johnston’s stylistic approach underwent subtle transformations. He began to move away from a more rugged approach, common to what could be termed the Ontario School of Canadian Impressionism, and adopted a more romantic style, often focused on delicate and evocative effects of light. Song of September relates beautifully to each of these two periods. The textures and palette throughout, particularly in the hilly foreground, are reminiscent of his work done on the famous Group of Seven Algoma Boxcar expeditions, while the classical sense of depth and the dappled light on the forest floor are very much in line with his best mid-career examples.

Notable, too, is the painting’s title. There are examples of Johnston’s “Song” titles dotted throughout his auction record, such as A Song of Winter sold by Heffel in November of 2017. His recurring selection of these particular titles seems to suggest his ongoing attempts to capture the lyrical, poetic beauty he saw in nature.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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