Posts by Jonathan Klinkhoff

  • Blog
    September 21, 2018

    Rare Morrice Sold by Alan Klinkhoff Gallery

    Study for "Effet de neige, Montréal"

    Study for "Effet de neige, Montréal",  1906 is a rare Montreal painting by J.W. Morrice, and the source for Power Corporation’s celebrated Salon canvas.  Read about this outstanding painting by one of Canada’s greatest artists. 

  • Fritz Brandtner, Factory Worker (Machine Shop), c. 1938/9

    Jonathan Klinkhoff reflects on the diversity of Fritz Brandtner's art on the artist's concern for social issues in the 1930s.

  • Fritz Brandtner's Social Realism


    In a society ravaged by the Great Depression and war, Fritz Brandtner sought to address contemporary social issues like poverty and health care in this important cubist-inspired composition.

  • John Little


    In November,  2017, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery will celebrate John Little's 65 year contribution to Canadian painting with an exhibition in his honour. John Little: City Life, 1951... will be featured at our galleries in Montreal and Toronto. If you have paintings by John Little that you wish to submit for consideration and possible inclusion in this exhibition or the catalogue, we encourage you to send photographs and details to us at


    The first subjects Lawren Harris painted following his return from Germany in 1908 were street scenes in the older areas of Toronto. Harris explained that in his painting of Georgian houses, A Row of Houses, Wellington Street of 1910, “the endeavor was to depict the clear, hard sunlight of a Canadian noon in winter. An attempt was also made to suggest the spirit of old York.” But old York was in a constant process of transition as the descendants of early settlers had abandoned the area for more salubrious districts further north and immigrants and light industry moved in, becoming new residents of an often hastily built shack town. The human drama of urban change is revealed in the peeling plaster, isolated figures and touches of colour in Harris’ paintings of the downtown Ward and later of Earlscourt and Gerrard Street East.

  • Featured Painting: LAWREN S. HARRIS, Snow Laden Trees, c. 1916. By Charles C. Hill

    When Lawren Harris returned to Toronto in 1908 following his studies in Germany, he painted the streets of the older areas of the city in an increasingly impressionist palette as well as landscapes of northern Ontario and the Laurentians. In January 1914, he and J.E.H. MacDonald travelled to Buffalo, New York, to see an exhibition of Scandinavian painting. It was the decorative landscapes of the Swedes and Norwegians that impressed Harris the most and provided him with a visual language to interpret the Canadian landscape. As MacDonald later wrote, “Except in minor points, the pictures might all have been Canadian, and we felt, ‘This is what we want to do with Canada.’” In March 1914 Harris exhibited Morning Sun, Winter (private collection), the first of a series of paintings of snow laden fir trees that would preoccupy him until 1919.

  • Fine Art & Hockey Exhibition Guided Tours in Toronto

    This exhibition, which is on view at our Toronto Gallery until October 1st, features important works of art relating to hockey from 1859 to 2015. The works are on loan from private, corporate and institutional collections. Additionally, a collection of 25 signed pro stock hockey sticks have been generously lent by retired NHL star Vincent Damphousse and an early hockey trophy, the AHAC Challenge Cup won by the Montreal Hockey Club in 1891, 1892 and 1893, has graciously been lent by Club Sportif MAA.

  • Alan Klinkhoff Gallery to Open at 113 Yorkville Ave. in Autumn 2015

    Along with my father, Alan, and brother, Craig, I am proud to announce that Alan Klinkhoff Gallery will open an art gallery in Toronto’s Yorkville district in the autumn of 2015. The gallery will be located at 113 Yorkville Avenue, near the intersection of Hazelton Avenue. Founded upon a 65 year tradition of family and expertise, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery is a leading dealer and appraiser of fine Canadian art from the period of the 1800s to the present, including 19th century Canadian artists, the Group of Seven, Beaver Hall Group, Automatistes, Plasticiens and urban realists. We also have extensive experience in the sale of international works of art.

  • James Wilson Morrice, RCA (1865-1924). View Towards Levis from Quebec, 1909. Oil on canvas 23.3/4 x 31.1/2 in. (SOLD)

    Last Thursday my father, Alan, and I attended the lenders evening for the exhibition Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. This formidable exhibition is the latest in a series of significant research-based projects originating from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and the final one by award-winning curator Michèle Grandbois, who has since retired.


  • Yves Gaucher

    Yves Gaucher's “grey on grey” paintings have been described as "one of the stellar achievements of Canadian painting (or international painting, for that matter)." Reviewing an exhibition of three grey on grey canvases at the 1968 Edinburgh Festival, British curator and art critic Bryan Robertson described them as "possibly the most beautiful and original - and awe inspiring - paintings I've seen since the advent of Pollock and Rothko."

  • Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse at the MNBAQ

    Congratulations to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) for the exhibition "Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse," which opened yesterday. To borrow eleven works by Matisse is no simple feat and to see alongside them more than fifty outstanding paintings by Morrice and so many by Lyman was a great privilege. This is a marvellous exhibition and it was a pleasure to celebrate the occasion with you.

  • We imagine that it should go without saying that you should buy only works of art that the market considers to be authentic. If you are purchasing a painting by a living artist directly through that artist’s dealer, you have every reason to expect that the vendor has the expertise required to recognize works that are authentic and those which are not. If purchasing work by a deceased artist and again do so through a dealer whose supply was directly from the artist, it is again reasonable to expect that the seller has the requisite expertise.

  • Blog
    February 14, 2014

    Show time

    Show time

    Our aluminium window display panels were installed yesterday and this is the result.  An unintended but striking consequence, as I found out while leaving last night, is that the panels reflect the surrounding environment, blending in and allowing the paintings to "pop" out.

  • Blog
    February 12, 2014

    What a difference a day makes

    Alan Klinkhoff inspecting the progression of work at Galerie Alan Klinkhoff.

    Alan Klinkhoff inspecting the progression of work at Galerie Alan Klinkhoff. Even yesterday morning, the gallery space seemed like an empty shell and it looked like there was still much work to be lighting, no hanging equipment, and there were ladders, sheets and workmen everywhere. It hardly felt like an art gallery. One day has changed all that. 

  • Blog
    February 10, 2014

    Getting close

    Getting close

    Yesterday, technicians and workers began installing our new state of the art lighting system and today they will start installing the hanging tracks. Tomorrow is the big move. 

  • Simard Highlights Week three at Galerie Alan Klinkhoff

    Week number three at Galerie Alan Klinkhoff begins with an opportunity to purchase from an enticing selection of Claude A. Simard paintings, two of which are only being delivered to the Galerie Alan Klinkhoff at the end of this week!

  • Blog
    January 7, 2014

    First day

    Happy New Year! Dad and I, along with my brother, Craig, are officially working full time at Galerie Alan Klinkhoff.

  • Blog
    December 18, 2013

    Just in time

    Our new awning is up, just in time for the holiday season. These are the first public signs of Galerie Alan Klinkhoff. 

  • Blog
    October 20, 2013

    Renovations needed

    Our new space will need substantial renovations but will be a fantastic gallery when ready!  It is currently serving as Sara Landau's studio. 

  • We signed a lease! Galerie Alan Klinkhoff will be located at 1448 Sherbrooke Street West, in this building. Stand by for updates. 

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