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Current bid: $7,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

27318 27-Apr-2023 03:05:36 PM $7,500

30642 27-Apr-2023 12:17:52 PM $7,000

The bidding history list updated on: Saturday, May 18, 2024 12:59:07

LOT 522

1888 - 1949

oil on board
signed and on verso titled on the artist's label and titled "Serenity" on a gallery label
12 x 16 in, 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000 CAD

Sold for: $9,375

Preview at:

The Fine Art Galleries, T. Eaton Co, Toronto
Carroll Fine Arts Limited, Toronto
Private Collection, Norway

This work is a classic example of Franz Johnston’s post-Group of Seven style. In it, he focuses primarily on luminosity, with the dense shadows within the trees counterpoint to the illuminated snow and teal-blue sky. More classically resolved than his earlier work, these mid-career examples nonetheless showcase his painterly skill and dexterous handling of paint.

The verso of this painting holds interest as well. It bears Johnston’s studio label in the center, as well as a Carroll Fine Arts label. In existence until sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, Carroll Fine Arts, along with nearby Garfield Galleries, handled Johnston’s art at a time just before the Canadian art market began to establish itself. Prior to that, other than via artists’ organizations such as the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists, or directly from the artist’s studio, one of the few places Canadian art could be purchased was through Eaton’s Department Store locations in Toronto and Hamilton. The remnant of an Eaton’s Fine Art label in the upper right suggests it once hung in one of Eaton’s fine art departments.

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