Street Scene, Cagnes sur Mer

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Street Scene, Cagnes sur Mer


William H. Johnson Johnson was born in Florence, SC in 1901. After high school, he studied at New York’s National Academy of Design until 1926. Encouraged by his peers and mentors at the academy, Johnson left New York and moved to France, initiating a time of stylistic experimentation and immersive plein-air painting. Street Scene, Cagnes sur Mer exemplifies that period of Johnson’s artistic growth which was simultaneously spurred by the influence of Chaim Soutine, a contemporary Russian expatriate artist living and working in France. Johnson quickly adopted Soutine’s Expressionist technique in a prolific series of semi-abstract paintings depicting the local landscape in and around the coastal town of Cagnes sur Mer. This influence effected compositions far more modern and energetic than any which Johnson had attempted before. This painting is one of three William H. Johnson works in the Wright Collection of Southern Art.


Johnson, William Henry




ca 1928


American, 1901-1970

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oil on canvas

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