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CARMICHAEL, Franklin OSA RCA (1890-1945)
Recent auction results 17-05-12 Morning, Great Bear Lake 28 x 36 $381,072 USD 01-06-04 Northern Lake 10.8 x 12.8 $396,166 USD 30-05-06 Spring, Frood Lake 9.8 x 11.8 $340,498 USD
The youngest of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael was born in 1890 in Orillia, Ontario. His father was a carriage maker.Carmichael arrived in Toronto at the age of twenty and entered the Ontario College of Art, where he studied with William Cruickshank and George Reid. In 1911, he began working as an apprentice at Grip Ltd. for $2.50 a week.
He then joined Tom Thomson and other painters who were training to become serious artists, joining them on weekend sketching trips. He moved to Belgium in 1913 to study painting but due to the war soon returned to his native Ontario to rejoin the other artists. Carmichael was greatly influenced by Tom Thomson and shared space with him at the Studio Building in 1914. He was also on the fringe of the group because of his difference in age and was closely associated with the newer members of the Group of Seven.
Along with A. J. Casson and F. H. Brigden, Carmichael founded the Ontario Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1925. He also founded the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933, which several members of the Group of Seven would later join. He taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1932 to 1945.
Famous for his watercolours, many of his paintings depict Ontarian landscapes. Contemporary Emily Carr considered Carmichael's work "A little pretty and too soft, but pleasant."
A 44-x-55-cm watercolour entitled "Lone Lake" painted in 1929, considered to be the highlight of a major sale of Canadian art in May at the Waddington's auction of Canadian art in Toronto, ON to be held in May, 2012 was expected to sell for up to $350,000. The subject of the painting is a small lake called Carmichael Lake in the La Cloche Mountains of Killarney Provincial Park near Sudbury, Ont.