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Albert Jacques Franck

Albert Jacques Franck, was born in Middelburg, Holland in 1899. He was long-distance swimming champion of Belgium in 1924. 

After immigrating to Canada he worked as a swimming coach at the central YMCA in Montréal. He worked for the fine arts department at Eatons and Company in Montréal, then at Simpsons in Toronto.

Following the depression Franck rented a shop on Toronto's Gerrard St, the city's "Greenwich Village," and restored pictures, designed Christmas cards and displayed his paintings. Many of his paintings were inspired by the seasons, his focus becoming winter and the tumbled houses and the acrid lanes of Toronto neighbourhoods. He painted in oil, watercolour.

He exhibited with The Roberts Gallery throughout the 1960's and early 1970's. He also had several group exhibitions with the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He met and became friends with the members of Painter's Eleven, even before formation of the group. 

He died in Toronto in 1973.

Franck’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto Hart House, the McMichael Gallery and many other public and private collections around the world.

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