Canadian ‘Group of Seven’ artists pictures auctioned

Original oil paintings by Canadian “Group of Seven” artists Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974) and Franz Johnston (1888-1949) scored top lot honors in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held February 12th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg. The 376-lot auction posted a robust gross of $415,714.

Prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

The oil on panel by Alexander Young Jackson, titled St. Lawrence South Shore Village (circa 1945), measuring 10 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches, was the auction’s top lot. It sailed past its high estimate of $28,000 to bring $47,200. The painting exhibited wonderful color and detail and still had the gallery labels on the back for Klinkhoff in Montreal and Thielsen in London, Ontario.

The oil on board rendering by Franz Johnston, titled The Battlement, Lake of the Woods, measured 13 inches by 10 ½ inches and sold within estimate for $25,960. It was a vibrant and rare example, with strong brush strokes and content typical of ‘The Group Impressionism’. Johnston resigned from the “Group of Seven” in 1924 as his style evolved more toward realism.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.

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Charming oil on board by Everett Lewis (1893-1979), the husband of Maud Lewis, showing two oxen with a young girl, painted in 1975, signed and framed (CA$5,310).

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