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FEATURE: FRANKLIN CARMICHAEL (1890-1945)

 

“Point Champlain” 1910

oil on card, 6 x 8 1/2 inches

Carmichael was born in 1890 in Orillia, Ontario and worked with his father in his carriage making business until 1911 when he came to Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art.  He started working as an apprentice at the Grip Engraving company that same year.  It was at Grip where Carmichael met and painted with Tom Thomson, JEH MacDonald and others who would form the Group of Seven in 1920.

This rare early work is an example of a young mostly self taught artist painting the farmland near his upbringing.

 

“Untitled – La Cloche, Deep Blue Water”

watercolour on paper,  11 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches

As Carmichael matured as an artist his love of the watercolour medium led him to being a founding member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1925 along with AJ Casson and FH Brigden.  Casson and Carmichael had a separate room for their watercolours in the Group exhibitions of the late 1920’s.

This La Cloche watercolour is a typical example of the rugged landscape that he admired most.  He built a cottage in the La Cloche Hills on Grace Lake in 1932 and produced some of his most dramatic work up until his passing in 1945.