Feb 13, 2014 - Sale 2338

Sale 2338 - Lot 43

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
WILLIAM H. JOHNSON (1901 - 1970)
Untitled (Wooded Pathway).

Watercolor on cream wove paper, circa 1931-1934. 483x337 mm; 19x13 1/4 inches.

Provenance: Krake family, Denmark; thence by descent to Bente Krake; private collection, Denmark, with a handwritten note on the backing paper in Danish stating (translated) "I ,(signed) Bente Krake, confirm here by that this watercolor is made by William Johnson who was married to my aunt (my father's sister) Holka Krake. --Bente Krake."

William H. Johnson spent the late 1920s in France, absorbing the lessons of modernism, painting more expressive landscapes. During this time, he met the Danish textile artist Holcha Krake in Cagnes-sur-Mer and they married in 1930. The couple lived, travelled, and exhibited in Scandinavia throughout the 1930s. This period included creating a home for themselves in Kerteminde, a small fishing community in central Denmark, a joint exhibition for the couple at the Christian Larsen Gallery in Copenhagen in 1933, and Johnson having a solo exhibition at the Trondheim Art Society in 1937.