Franz Johnston

Fire-swept, Algoma

1920
In this panoramic view of the Algoma region, Johnston – who left the Group of Seven after one year – experimented with a composition that was commonly used by many Group members. The lush, blue-green background of rolling hills is contrasted with a tracery of burnt trees that fill the foreground. This juxtaposition highlights the cycles of destruction and regeneration inherent in nature.
Title
Fire-swept, Algoma
Date
1920
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
127.5 x 167.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1920
Accession number
1694