Historic Art | Frank Milton Armington

Pont royale paris le soir 1922 oc 29x36

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Pont Royale, Paris (Le Soir), 1922

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 29x36.5 in.

Price: $28,000 Cdn.

signed and dated lower left "Frank M. Armington, 1922"
titled and signed to verso

Palace of Arts, The British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, London, 1924, cat no. FF.110

Related etching, Pont Royale, Paris (Le Soir), 1923, in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

About the Artist

Frank Armington studied art in Toronto, under J. W. L. Forster, and in Paris, first at the Academie Julian, under Benjamin Constant and Chaumiere, under Lucien Simon. Frank Armington first went to Paris in 1899, but returned to Canada with his wife, Caroline (1875-1939) to teach art in Winnipeg from 1901 through 1905. During this period, Robert Fulton Logan was among his students. Returning to Paris in 1906, The Armington's established themselves as fine landscape and figure artists in both etching and painting. They were both full members of the Societe Nationale de la Gravure Originale en Noir, the Societe des Gravures Francais and the American Federation of Arts. Their original etchings and paintings were frequently included in major French and American exhibitions. Some recent scholars have labeled Frank Armington's art as Canadian Impressionism. Others have seen his landscape art as akin to the work of Whistler. As usual, however, there comparisons tell us very little. Frank Armington was a master of my styles, and all of them were very individual. How, for example, would one categorize an early masterpiece such as Meditation? Armington's ability to portray light, shadow and line is seen here at its finest. The mystery and mysticism evoked in this study is a testament to his artistry Raisonne: Braide & Taylor, "Caroline and Frank Armington", 1990
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