This is an interesting example of a monotype, in which art is created on a piece of glass which is then pressed against paper to produce a unique image. The artist is well listed and his paintings sell well at Canadian auctions. At first glance, this work could easily pass for a watercolor; a monotype is something of a hybrid, with characteristics of prints and original art. It measures 17 3/8" by 13 1/2" inside the mat; with an additional 5 1/4" of mat and frame on a side. Franck was born in Holland and was in Toronto by the late 1920's. Self taught, he developed his art after losing employment in the fine arts department at major department stores. By mid century he became a mentor to younger artists seeking his guidance and experience. Franck's refusal to follow contemporary trends was ridiculed and his art was thought provincial, but near his death the Art Gallery of Ontario staged a large and successful exhibition of his works. The following information is courtesy of "The Canadian Encyclopedia" which I found online. "Franck was long-distance swimming champion of Belgium in 1924, worked as a swimming coach at the central YMCA in Montréal after immigrating to Canada, and then held various jobs in Toronto and Montréal. The turning point in Franck's career came after WWII when he rented a shop on Toronto's Gerrard St, the city's "Greenwich Village," and restored pictures, designed Christmas cards and displayed his paintings. Franck, generous with food and advice, became paterfamilias to a considerable group of younger artists. Franck tried to paint all the seasons of the year, but winter became his subject, and he found his true métier in the tumbled houses and the acrid lanes of Toronto neighbourhoods. His work took on a new plastic power, the colour deepened, and detail was reduced in a design that gave freedom to heightened feeling. Franck gradually received critical and financial success as his love of old brick, dirty snow and lane fences spread into the larger texture of Canadian life. He made people see the ordinary that is home. His vision of Toronto was a fulcrum for the simple idea that cities become great by what they preserve." The work is in excellent condition with vibrant colors and no damage. It is taped at the corners to a mat but is not laid down. A very simple frame is possibly available at no extra cost.
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