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Investigating the Authenticity and Attributions of works of art believed to be by;

Francis Hans Johnston O.S.A. A.R.C.A

Frank Johnston (AKA Franz Johnston)

(1888 – 1949)

Canadian Painter and Printmaker

 

 

 

 Franz Johnston was an important member though only for a fairly brief time of the Canadian Group of Seven, though he knew the others well, having joined the Grip Engraving Company as a commercial artist as they did.

 He had trained in Germany and later in Philadelphia, but returned to his birthplace of Toronto to work and continue his love of painting, preferring the medium of tempera to oil paint.

 Sharing the groups philosophy, that art could be developed through direct exposure to nature, en plein air, he went on many sketching trips around Toronto and much further north to Bon Echo near Algonquin Park and up to Hearst, north of Lake Superior which was a major source of inspiration for him.

 His incredible talent for capturing light and shadows, particularly on snow, is a key feature much of his work which is highly regarded and collectible, thus valuable and getting rare. So it's important to reflect on the fact that long lost paintings, or those recently discovered, actually painted by Johnston are going to be few and far between. Though it's not impossible for them to appear, as they may be tucked away with Canadian families for decades and are only now resurfacing.

 More commonly however, paintings that do appear are attributed to an artists hand, or those anonymously contributed from within his circle of influence, or those created by an artists followers. Artists of all standards, who themselves are simply working in an artists style and at any time in the past and with this brings a risk. You must ask, is the attribution to a specific artist and a description of a work itself, reliable and sound?

 It is always important to be able to distinguish between those works actually executed by an artist such as Frank Johnston, compared to those either 'claiming' to be by him, or rather that we are told are by him.

There are scholarly attributions, the poorly informed guesses and the deliberate attempts of deception and by forgery.  This unfortunately is fairly common and includes the adding of signatures, monograms or inscriptions to otherwise anonymous works of art, effected in a generally similar manner to a particular artist and clearly devised to impress a potential, gullible purchaser.  And this is the most common form of art fraud we see.

 But as the values to his works are high, there are always the excellent attempts at mimicking an artists hand by directly forging new variants of their works to identify. These are usually executed over the top of an old pot boiler or amateur painting, bought at auction cheaply and from the artists era and cleaned off with solvents.

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 As an international specialist fine art consultancy, with bases in Canada, but also the UK and Europe to undertake our Old and Modern master work, we have been confidentially serving both private individuals and corporate clients around the world for over 45 years.

In so doing, investigating both single works of art and complete collections for clients and conducting in-depth authentication and legitimacy investigations and inquiries, as well as full academic and forensic investigations with multilingual archival research into the origins of all works of art from different geographical regions and periods. We also scrutinize and research the provenance and ownership lineage for verification purposes.

 We are able to assist and advise you in all fine art related matters, particularly issues of Canadian art authenticity and attributions, including the works of Frank Johnston, his circle and the other members of the Group of seven, or those of his followers. Frankly, any works of art that you need to learn about.

 Some example paintings etc., associated with this name appear below as illustrations. 

Note: No inference is made, nor is it intended as to the question of legitimacy here. Moreover these are an across the board representational view of the differing types of works that are and may in the future be offered and advertised for sale at auction internationally.

 

 

 

 

     
Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949)
THE BLUE VALLEY
Oil on board
Signed
Sold CAD $36,000.00
Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949)
WATERFALL, ALGOMA, 1920
Oil on panel
signed “Frank H. Johnston”
Estimate CAD $100,000.00 - $150,000.00
Sold CAD $204,000.00 
Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949)
SNOW SCENE
Tempera on illustration board
Signed and dated ‘29
Sold CAD $76,700.00
     
Frank Johnston(1888 – 1949)
ADVANCING SPRING
Oil on board
Signed
Sold CAD $28,320.00 
Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949)
RED AND GOLD
Oil on panel
Signed “Frank H. Johnston
Estimate CAD $5,000.00 - $7,000.00
Sold CAD $42,480.00 
Frank Johnston(1888 – 1949)
DUSK
Signed Franz Johnston; inscribed on the reverse: Dusk and Light on the Snow
Oil on board
Sold CAD $42,000.00
     
Attributed to Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949)
River in forest
Signed Frank Johnston
Oil on panel;
Estimate USD $1,000.00 - $2,000.00
Sold USD $1,400.00
Attributed to Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949)
The Carmichael
Signed Frank Johnston
Oil on board
Estimate USD $80,000.00 - USD $100,000.00
Not sold
Manner of JOHNSTON, Frank Hans (1888-1949)
"Angler's dream" Oil on board
Signed Franz Johnston
Estimate CAD $8,000.00 - $10,000.00
Not sold
     
     

Franz Hans Johnston Canadian Acrylic Provenance Acrylic on board, framed. Featuring landscape scene with a red maple in the center. Signed "Franz Johnston" in the bottom right corner. Label affixed to verso reads "The Classic Fine Art Galleries STOCK NO. 141 SIZE The Red Maple in Northern Lane - Grassmere - Ontario- ARTIST Fran Johnston

Estimate 1,000.00 - 1,500.00 USD

Lot Passed

Frank (Franz) Hans Johnston (1888-1949),

Canadian Artist, Oil / Canvas, Signed. Painting:

Signed: Lower Right. Oil / Canvas.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500

Franz Johnston, (Canadian, 1888-1949)

Prelude to Winter, oil on board

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Sold USD $4,375.00

     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Art Authentication Investigation

 

 

   The duration and the direction of any authenticity investigation or inquiry into an attribution of a work of art will inevitably vary from project to project. But there are clear and very well defined professional formalities, responsibilities and areas of scrutiny that we can formally assist you with, including:

 

  • Authentication: Authentification:   Conducting comprehensive investigations and in depth research into a work of art, with a view to establishing a correct, complete and formally recognized certification. One absolutely upheld by the appropriate, legally acknowledged and internationally sanctioned authority, body or given expert on that artist. Directing detailed and complicated inquiries, with multilingual capability, including any international academic research and forensic applications that are required.

 

  •  Attribution:  Identifying and confirming the identity of a previously anonymous artist, studio or workshop from which a work of art most likely originated. Including the re-examination and investigation of a previous attribution which may be incorrect, or the scrutiny of an attribution that has been formally questioned or is currently formally doubted.

 

  •  Confirmation:  Undertaking research and investigations into the legitimacy of the provenance, history and prior ownership of a work of art and establishing its accuracy and own legitimacy.

  •  Scrutiny: Examen minutieux:  Identifying fake or faux works of art and forgeries, including any false supportive accompanying documentation and determining works of art which may be studio or later copies, or previously given, incorrect attributions.

  •  Prosecution: Poursuite:  Investigating alleged art fraud and forgery and assisting and advising those who are currently, or may be considering litigating or prosecuting the fact. This includes colleagues who are legal professionals and individual private clients.

  •  Attention:  Conducting all fine art related due diligence and duty of care inquiries. Including safe prepurchase or sale related audits and assisting clients in consolidating well balanced future family distribution.

 

  •  Appraisal: Évaluation -  Valuations and condition reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one in the Art Authentication and Attribution process.

The Pre-Authentication Assessment

   L'évaluation de pré-authentification. La evaluación previa a la autenticación

 

 

 We strongly advise clients before embarking on a full investigation of legitimacy or an artist or studio attribution inquiry, that it is wise to have an impartial preliminary assessment conducted first. One made to balance any issues that may be present that could make the longer term exercise unviable.

 This is a professional advisory service that we provide, based upon the images you supply, the full details of work of arts acquisition, its history and provenance as is known to you, along with sight of any documentation, previous research or analysis that you may have had formerly conducted on it. You should then have a far better understanding of both the prospects or any pitfalls we might face, before making a decision.

This is a logical and cost effective professional review and advisory for which there is a modest set fee.

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ABOUT A WORK OF ARTS DESCRIPTOR AND TERMINOLOGY

 

  *It is very important to clearly understand the auction terms that are commonly used in any published descriptor and to be cautious of works that may just be created in the 'manner of' the artist, or those which could be variants of the artists works of art that 'bear a signature' or monogram. In this case as if they were defining the creations of the Canadian artist; Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949) also known as Franz Johnston.

  •  Where the name, Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949) or Franz Johnston, is given with the first name/s and surname of the artist, usually cited as, Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949) including his dates to be specific, then in their qualified and professional opinion, they are in no doubt. It is a genuine and authentic item and one painted by that artist. This is usually fully qualified by its inclusion in any catalogue raissone, or by the guarantee of the opinion given by the appropriate and internationally recognized expert authority on the artist.
  •  When Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949) Franz Johnston is the term used, or it is similarly defined as Attrib. to ' [abbreviated,] or Attribué à, or ascribed to, then in their opinion it is 'probably' a work by the artist, at least in part. But... there is no guarantee. It is only an opinion that it 'possibly' may be by him.
  •  But if the term Frank Johnston (1888 – 1949) Franz Johnston - circle of, entourage, or “Circle of Frank Johnston ” is specifically used, then in their opinion, it is a work only of the period of the artist, but showing their influence. Or by someone closely associated with the artist, BUT not necessarily by their pupil or student.
  •  When the name is given thus; Painted in the “Style of Frank Johnston ” or “Follower of Frank Johnston is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work of art executed only in the artist’s way, their 'style', but not necessarily by a pupil. Yet it may be a contemporary, or nearly a contemporary of the artist.
  •  If the phrase in the “Manner Frank Johnston is used or is defined….” then in their opinion it is also only a work painted in the style of the artist, but of a later date and definitely not by the artist as named.
  •  When the term “After….Frank Johnston "; is the term used, then in their opinion it is a copy (made at any date) of an authentic and original work by the artist. This also applies to prints made 'after' an original work of art either by the artist or another artist/ printmaker.
  •  Signed - Frank Johnston ; “Dated….” or “Inscribed Frank Johnston ” Then in their opinion the work has been signed/dated/or inscribed by that specific artist. The addition of a question mark ? however, indicates a strong element of doubt.
  •  When the term 'Bears signature', is used or the name, Frank Johnston Franz Johnston is specified followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With inscription….” or “Bears signature of Frank Johnston /date/or inscription” Then in 'their opinion,' either the signature / date / or inscription is spurious, forged or has been added by someone else other than the artist.

 

 

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