|Beamsville, 1919, Frank Johnston|
This week I’m on the road. I’ve left you with six landscape paintings that should be on everyone’s Top Ten list, but probably aren’t (for the simple reason that there are way too many great paintings out there).
Landscape painting and war art are closely tied. In 1919, Frank Johnston (later a Canadian Group of Seven painter) did this aerial view of a training exercise over Beamsville, Ontario, which is between St. Catharines and Hamilton.
Johnston spent five days painting at the School of Aerial Fighting at Beamsville. Having flown into Buffalo many times, I know that the aerial view here is exactly what Johnston painted. How did he do that when flight was so rare, and cameras were so slow? I imagine he went up in the air in one of those Sopwith Camels and sketched, but I don’t really know for sure.
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