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Fire-Swept, Algoma

Fire-swept, Algoma Franz Johnston (1920) Source: National Gallery of Canada –

Today I will briefly profile the next Canadian Group of Seven painter:  Francis Hans Johnston.

Hank Johnston (as he was known for many years) was born on June 19, 1888 in Toronto, Ontario.

Like many other Group members, he joined Grip Ltd. as a commercial artist.

Johnston exhibited only once with The Group of Seven, in their first show at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario) in May 1920.

The following year, he left Toronto to become Principal at the Winnipeg School of Art.

Frank Johnston (artist)

Frank Johnston (artist) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1924, he announced his official resignation from the Group of Seven, asserting that he had no disagreement with the group, only that he wanted to go his own way with regards to exhibitions.

In 1927, Johnston changed his name to the more exotic title of `Franz’ Johnston. He painted over 250 paintings in his entire career.

Johnston passed away on July 19, 1949, in Toronto, Ontario, at age 61.



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Help Finish the Job!

Canadian Victory Loan drive poster. This poste...

Canadian Victory Loan drive poster. This poster was part of the 1st Victory Loan campaign launched in June 1941 with the theme “Help Finish the Job!” Casson won first prize with this poster in the 1941 Victory Bond contest that was conducted to find illustrations for the 1st Victory Loan campaign. The poster features an heraldic lion and a maple leaf in the foreground, and images of factories, a tank, and a warplane in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next painter in my Group of Seven series is A.J. Casson.

Casson was born on May 17, 1898 in Toronto, Ontario.  He joined the Group in 1926, and he’s best known for being the youngest member of Group of Seven.  He took the “position” when Frank Johnston left the group in 1921.

When he was 9 years old he moved to Guelph (Ontario), and to Hamilton (Ontario) at age 14.

He did his first public exhibition at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1917.

Along with Carmichael and F.H. Brigden, he founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, in 1925.

He left the Group of Seven in 1932.  The following year he co-founded the Canadian Group of Painters.

Casson passed away on February 20, 1992, in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 93.

On May 26, 2008, the PBS “Antiques Roadshow” showcased a painting that claimed, “The painting was given to her grandfather by Casson, his friend and neighbour at the time.”  The painting was appraised in the $25,000 to $35,000 range.


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