Biography of Francis Morton JOHNSON
Francis Morton Johnson was born
in Waltham, Massachusetts on May 23, 1878, and
like many young American artists, left the United States to pursue his
artistic education in Paris at the Academy Julian under the
tutelage of Jean-Paul Laurens. He exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in
1907 and 1908, and also each year between 1908 and
1914 at the Salon des Indépendants, which was interrupted between 1915
and 1919 during the second World War.
A still life exhibited in 1908 was
purchased for the national French collections, and first deposited in
1909 at the Berlioz Museum in La- Côte-Saint-André,
then in the Town-Hall of this city. He notably exhibited in 1912 at the
Salon des Artistes Français with other fellow artists Louis Rittman,
Richard Miller, Preston Dickenson, Aston Knight. This event, due to the participation of many American artists, was
presented in the May first
issue of The New York Times.
He also exhibited at the Galerie
Georges Petit in Paris and in the United States at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine
Arts Annual in both 1908 and 1910 . Francis Morton Johnson was a member of the American Art Association of Paris.
artist was also known for inventing a device for registering the human
voice on motion picture films, which was co-patented in 1923 with his
He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine on November 19, 1931.
Researched and submitted by Pierre Sinay who wrote: "Every information has been checked carefully. Note his birthplace, which is Waltham and not Boston and also note a painting which is in the town hall of La-Côte-Saint-André, the birth city of the famous French composer Hector Berlioz.