“Moose Pond” by Frank Johnston

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne and Ingred Zschogner 2008
Located on site at the Dorset Heritage Museum
Sponsored by: The Dorset Heritage Museum

This painting is one of Frank Johnston's earlier pieces, and bears a strong influence to the works by the rest of the Group of Seven during this period. Unmistakable is the thick brush strokes and bold use of colours that were the hallmark of Tom Thomson's influence on his group of artist friends. The painting located to the left at this location shows a significantly different style of painting that Johnston adapted after his time in the Group of Seven. Of interest, Frank and Franz Johnston are the same person. He changed his name after leaving the group to differentiate himself as an individual in the art world. 

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  • Address 1040 Main St, Dorset ON
  • Category Frank Johnston
  • Location Dorset Heritage Museum

Artist Name : Frank Johnston

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Frank (Franz) Johnston (1888-1949) was born in Toronto. In his mid twenties, he began working as a commercial designer in the same firm as J.E.H MacDonald, where he would meet the group of artists that would bond together over art and friendship and coalesce into The Group of Seven. Johnston was a keen member of the group and was also looking to explore a uniquely Canadian art ideal. He would join the group on many of the weekend sketching trips and the traveling box car trips to Algoma. Johnston was an ambitious painter, and held a number of solo exhibitions as well as showings with The Group of Seven. However, due to the backlash and negative publicity that The Group of Seven was receiving, he decided to show less with the group. His reasoning was that he was worried it would effect his success as an artist. He formally resigned from the group in 1924, and changed his name from Frank to Franz Johnston. After he passed away, his family moved to Dorset where they became established members of the community.

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