Current Location:
Muskegon Regional Center
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Location Notes:
MEC; Near Rm. 236

Lichen Covered Rocks, Bryce's Island, Lake of the Woods

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.64.109
Artist:
Franz Johnston
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Reproduction Print of oil on wood.
Date:
1918
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16 in Width: 20 in
Description:
A shoreline populated by trees, rocks, and lichen.
Historical Context:
Franz Johnston studied at the Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art under William Cruikshank, Gustav Hahn, and G. A. Reid, while working as a commercial artist with Brigdens, then later at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art . In 1911 he worked at the commercial art firm Grip Limited in Toronto, where he met future Group of Seven members J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, and Franklin Carmichael. In the late summer of 1918, he travelled to the wilderness of the Algoma region near Sault Ste. Marie with artists Lawren Harris, MacDonald and art patron Dr. James MacCallum. Johnston's work from these trips caught the interplay of light, color and pattern in the woods in a decorative style, with an emphasis on flat planes of color. -Adapted from the National Gallery of Canada. This piece was purchased at the Art Gallery of Ontario.