Albert Jacques Franck (2 Apr 1899 - 28 Feb 1973) was a Canadian artist known for his realistic paintings of Toronto winter scenes, dilapidated neighbourhoods and back lanes. His detailed paintings provide a historical record of conditions in some of Toronto's less affluent neighbourhoods. Franck was born at Middelburg, the Netherlands. As a young man he was a champion swimmer and when he moved to Canada in 1926, he made his living as a swimming instructor and by working in factories. He later worked in an art gallery and sold picture frames. Franck opened a studio in his small home on Gerrard Street, Toronto and began by hanging some of his paintings in a local restaurant, and in this way his work became locally known. Franck's first exhibition was presented at York University in 1963. In 1973 he held an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Franck also participated in a number of group exhibitions. Franck's paintings are in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the London Public Library and Art Museum, the National Exhibition Centre in St. Catharines, the New Brunswick Museum, and McMaster University. Fellow artist Harold Town a close friend, wrote two books celebrating Franck's art. Franck also taught art in a local high school and played the cello. He and his wife sent small pieces of their art as greeting cards to friends and relatives, and some of these have survived. Franck died in Toronto on February 28, 1973. A street in the Lawrenceville area of Toronto is named for him.
Acrylic on Board
12" x 16"