Auction 2019

Lot 237

Session 2 - April 6th, at 1pm.

Frank Tenney Johnson
1874-1939
Voiceless Solitude
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches
FRAMED/BASE: 31 x 25
ESTIMATE: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
Signed lower left
Sold For: $49,725
Includes buyer's premium

Additional Details

The Navajo rider in Voiceless Solitude moves through Johnson’s bold, bravura, canyon. The circular canyon walls act as an amphitheater and magnifying glass. Moonlight becomes a spotlight. Even a whisper here would sound and resound. The canyon might be voiceless, and the solitude might seem absolute, but something–a moving shadow, perhaps, or a loose pebble rolling down the scree–has attracted the rider’s attention. Listening into the voicelessness, suddenly attentive, the rider, occupying a diagonal band of light–there are four bands, alternating light and shadow, if you look – he looks left, sits erect, filling the moment with palpable tension.

Condition Report

Painting has been lined. Minor inpainting in the sky.
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