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Landscape painter, Genre Painter, Painter, b. 1885 - d. 1970

Artist Lawren S. Harris, born in 1885,was a successful Canadian painter who first studied art in Berlin, during which time he traveled widely around Europe. In the early days of Harris' career, Lawren Harris paintings featured post-impressionist Canadian street scenes and the poor areas of Toronto. Harris particularly liked portraying natural scenes, towns, houses, and industrial subjects. As a founding member of the Group of Seven, Harris eventually developed a new Canadian style of painting that differed from the European influences. The group traveled across Canada to paint landscapes and experiment with style, a time reflected in many Lawren S. Harris landscapes for sale. As his artistic vision and techniques developed, so did the look of Lawren Harris' paintings, which began to lose detail and color in favor of a simpler, abstract style. Embrace the outdoors with one of many collectible landscape paintings available at auction.

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        • Lawren Harris's "Northern Houses, Backview" Limited Edition Print
          Mar. 05, 2023

          Lawren Harris's "Northern Houses, Backview" Limited Edition Print

          Est: $65 - $80

          Lawren Harris's "Northern Houses, Backview" limited edition print signed and numbered 227/777. This has been professionally double matted with acid free matting, and has been custom framed under glass with an inner frame liner. Canadian Artist

          Oakwood Auctions
        • Lawren Harris's "Second Hand Store" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation
          Mar. 04, 2023

          Lawren Harris's "Second Hand Store" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation

          Est: $250 - $300

          Lawren Harris's "Second Hand Store" oil on panel limited edition recreation numbered of an edition of 460. This is a high quality texturized recreation, in a high quality frame which was custom designed, and has been professionally assembled. Original list price was $2,400. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, and studied in Berlin, Germany, under Franz Skarbina and Adolf Schlabitz. From 1907 to 1909 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine. Lawren returned to Canada in 1910 and began painting with J.E.H. MacDonald around Toronto and in the Laurentians. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven in 1920. He lived in New England from 1934 to 1939 and spent 1940 in New Mexico before returning to Canada to live and paint in Vancouver. This work of art is an exclusive Master Editions lithograph, printed on neutral pH Phoenix Imperial fine art paper, employing the unique Phoenix Process. This process is a revolutionary method printing that is likely to transform the technique of art replication well into the 21st century. Through this process , every detail of brushwork and texture in the original oil can be duplicated, producing a genuinely recreated painting on a wood panel or canvas. These recreations require as many as forty hand-mixed colours, which are laid down one at a time. This labour-intensive procedure is further enhanced through the use of special lightfast inks. Following the principle of applying light tonal values first, then gradually building up the darker tones, our craftsmen are able to capture, on a single-colour rotary press, the subtle chromatic nuances of the original, in much the same manner as did the artist himself. Clearly, this is a time-consuming practice, which demands much of our artisans' skills. It is in fact, our hand-work of the very finest kind, which is dedicated to the preservation of the important icons of Canadian art, long treasured by the Canadian people. Russian Artist Canadian Artist

          Oakwood Auctions
        • Lawren Harris's "Sand Lake, Algoma" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation
          Mar. 04, 2023

          Lawren Harris's "Sand Lake, Algoma" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation

          Est: $250 - $300

          Lawren Harris's "Sand Lake, Algoma" oil on panel limited edition recreation numbered of an edition of 460. This is a high quality texturized recreation, in a high quality frame which was custom designed, and has been professionally assembled. Original list price was $2,400 USD. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, and studied in Berlin, Germany, under Franz Skarbina and Adolf Schlabitz. From 1907 to 1909 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine. Lawren returned to Canada in 1910 and began painting with J.E.H. MacDonald around Toronto and in the Laurentians. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven in 1920. He lived in New England from 1934 to 1939 and spent 1940 in New Mexico before returning to Canada to live and paint in Vancouver. This work of art is an exclusive Master Editions lithograph, printed on neutral pH Phoenix Imperial fine art paper, employing the unique Phoenix Process. This process is a revolutionary method printing that is likely to transform the technique of art replication well into the 21st century. Through this process , every detail of brushwork and texture in the original oil can be duplicated, producing a genuinely recreated painting on a wood panel or canvas. These recreations require as many as forty hand-mixed colours, which are laid down one at a time. This labour-intensive procedure is further enhanced through the use of special lightfast inks. Following the principle of applying light tonal values first, then gradually building up the darker tones, our craftsmen are able to capture, on a single-colour rotary press, the subtle chromatic nuances of the original, in much the same manner as did the artist himself. Clearly, this is a time-consuming practice, which demands much of our artisans' skills. It is in fact, our hand-work of the very finest kind, which is dedicated to the preservation of the important icons of Canadian art, long treasured by the Canadian people. Russian Artist Canadian Artist

          Oakwood Auctions
        • Lawren Harris's "North Shore Lake Superior" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation
          Mar. 04, 2023

          Lawren Harris's "North Shore Lake Superior" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation

          Est: $250 - $300

          Lawren Harris's "North Shore Lake Superior" oil on panel limited edition recreation numbered of an edition of 460. This is a high quality texturized recreation, in a high quality frame which was custom designed, and has been professionally assembled. Original list price was $2,700 USD. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, and studied in Berlin, Germany, under Franz Skarbina and Adolf Schlabitz. From 1907 to 1909 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine. Lawren returned to Canada in 1910 and began painting with J.E.H. MacDonald around Toronto and in the Laurentians. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven in 1920. He lived in New England from 1934 to 1939 and spent 1940 in New Mexico before returning to Canada to live and paint in Vancouver. This work of art is an exclusive Master Editions lithograph, printed on neutral pH Phoenix Imperial fine art paper, employing the unique Phoenix Process. This process is a revolutionary method printing that is likely to transform the technique of art replication well into the 21st century. Through this process , every detail of brushwork and texture in the original oil can be duplicated, producing a genuinely recreated painting on a wood panel or canvas. These recreations require as many as forty hand-mixed colours, which are laid down one at a time. This labour-intensive procedure is further enhanced through the use of special lightfast inks. Following the principle of applying light tonal values first, then gradually building up the darker tones, our craftsmen are able to capture, on a single-colour rotary press, the subtle chromatic nuances of the original, in much the same manner as did the artist himself. Clearly, this is a time-consuming practice, which demands much of our artisans' skills. It is in fact, our hand-work of the very finest kind, which is dedicated to the preservation of the important icons of Canadian art, long treasured by the Canadian people. Russian Artist Canadian Artist

          Oakwood Auctions
        • Lawren Harris's "Mount Robson" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation
          Mar. 04, 2023

          Lawren Harris's "Mount Robson" Limited Edition Oil on Panel Recreation

          Est: $250 - $300

          Lawren Harris's "Mount Robson" oil on panel limited edition recreation numbered of an edition of 460. This is a high quality texturized recreation, in a high quality frame which was custom designed, and has been professionally assembled. Original list price was $2,500 USD. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, and studied in Berlin, Germany, under Franz Skarbina and Adolf Schlabitz. From 1907 to 1909 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine. Lawren returned to Canada in 1910 and began painting with J.E.H. MacDonald around Toronto and in the Laurentians. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven in 1920. He lived in New England from 1934 to 1939 and spent 1940 in New Mexico before returning to Canada to live and paint in Vancouver. This work of art is an exclusive Master Editions lithograph, printed on neutral pH Phoenix Imperial fine art paper, employing the unique Phoenix Process. This process is a revolutionary method printing that is likely to transform the technique of art replication well into the 21st century. Through this process , every detail of brushwork and texture in the original oil can be duplicated, producing a genuinely recreated painting on a wood panel or canvas. These recreations require as many as forty hand-mixed colours, which are laid down one at a time. This labour-intensive procedure is further enhanced through the use of special lightfast inks. Following the principle of applying light tonal values first, then gradually building up the darker tones, our craftsmen are able to capture, on a single-colour rotary press, the subtle chromatic nuances of the original, in much the same manner as did the artist himself. Clearly, this is a time-consuming practice, which demands much of our artisans' skills. It is in fact, our hand-work of the very finest kind, which is dedicated to the preservation of the important icons of Canadian art, long treasured by the Canadian people. Russian Artist Canadian Artist

          Oakwood Auctions
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970) From Berg Lake, Morning oil on board 12 x
          Nov. 10, 2022

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970) From Berg Lake, Morning oil on board 12 x

          Est: $400,000 - $600,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970) From Berg Lake, Morning oil on board 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970) Mountain Sketch LXIII oil on board 12 x 1
          Nov. 10, 2022

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970) Mountain Sketch LXIII oil on board 12 x 1

          Est: $400,000 - $600,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970) Mountain Sketch LXIII oil on board 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS SILKSCREEN
          May. 21, 2022

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS SILKSCREEN

          Est: $200 - $400

          ALGOMA COUNTY - SAMPSON - MATTHEWS. 30"X40"

          Freedom Auction Company
        • Lawren Harris's "Second Hand Store" Limited Edition Framed Oil on Panel Recreation
          Dec. 04, 2021

          Lawren Harris's "Second Hand Store" Limited Edition Framed Oil on Panel Recreation

          Est: $275 - $325

          Lawren Harris's "Second Hand Store" oil on panel limited edition recreation numbered of an edition of 460. This is a high quality texturized recreation, in a high quality frame which was custom designed, and has been professionally assembled. Original list price was $2,400. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, and studied in Berlin, Germany, under Franz Skarbina and Adolf Schlabitz. From 1907 to 1909 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine. Lawren returned to Canada in 1910 and began painting with J.E.H. MacDonald around Toronto and in the Laurentians. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven in 1920. He lived in New England from 1934 to 1939 and spent 1940 in New Mexico before returning to Canada to live and paint in Vancouver. This work of art is an exclusive Master Editions lithograph, printed on neutral pH Phoenix Imperial fine art paper, employing the unique Phoenix Process. This process is a revolutionary method printing that is likely to transform the technique of art replication well into the 21st century. Through this process , every detail of brushwork and texture in the original oil can be duplicated, producing a genuinely recreated painting on a wood panel or canvas. These recreations require as many as forty hand-mixed colours, which are laid down one at a time. This labour-intensive procedure is further enhanced through the use of special lightfast inks. Following the principle of applying light tonal values first, then gradually building up the darker tones, our craftsmen are able to capture, on a single-colour rotary press, the subtle chromatic nuances of the original, in much the same manner as did the artist himself. Clearly, this is a time-consuming practice, which demands much of our artisans' skills. It is in fact, our hand-work of the very finest kind, which is dedicated to the preservation of the important icons of Canadian art, long treasured by the Canadian people. Art.

          Oakwood Auctions
        • Lawren Harris's "Sand Lake, Algoma" Limited Edition Framed Oil on Panel Recreation
          Dec. 04, 2021

          Lawren Harris's "Sand Lake, Algoma" Limited Edition Framed Oil on Panel Recreation

          Est: $325 - $350

          Lawren Harris's "Sand Lake, Algoma" oil on panel limited edition recreation numbered of an edition of 460. This is a high quality texturized recreation, in a high quality frame which was custom designed, and has been professionally assembled. Original list price was $2,400 USD. Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, and studied in Berlin, Germany, under Franz Skarbina and Adolf Schlabitz. From 1907 to 1909 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine. Lawren returned to Canada in 1910 and began painting with J.E.H. MacDonald around Toronto and in the Laurentians. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven in 1920. He lived in New England from 1934 to 1939 and spent 1940 in New Mexico before returning to Canada to live and paint in Vancouver. This work of art is an exclusive Master Editions lithograph, printed on neutral pH Phoenix Imperial fine art paper, employing the unique Phoenix Process. This process is a revolutionary method printing that is likely to transform the technique of art replication well into the 21st century. Through this process , every detail of brushwork and texture in the original oil can be duplicated, producing a genuinely recreated painting on a wood panel or canvas. These recreations require as many as forty hand-mixed colours, which are laid down one at a time. This labour-intensive procedure is further enhanced through the use of special lightfast inks. Following the principle of applying light tonal values first, then gradually building up the darker tones, our craftsmen are able to capture, on a single-colour rotary press, the subtle chromatic nuances of the original, in much the same manner as did the artist himself. Clearly, this is a time-consuming practice, which demands much of our artisans' skills. It is in fact, our hand-work of the very finest kind, which is dedicated to the preservation of the important icons of Canadian art, long treasured by the Canadian people. Art.

          Oakwood Auctions
        • Lawren Stewart Harris - Farm House (Old Mill c. 1911)
          Sep. 26, 2021

          Lawren Stewart Harris - Farm House (Old Mill c. 1911)

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          Farm house with old mill structure attached (oil on panel, 8" x 10", framed)

          Westbridge Fine Art Auction House
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, PINE TREES, KEMPENFELT BAY, C.1916, oil on board, 14 ins x 10.5 ins; 35.6 cms x 26.7 cms
          Sep. 17, 2020

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, PINE TREES, KEMPENFELT BAY, C.1916, oil on board, 14 ins x 10.5 ins; 35.6 cms x 26.7 cms

          Est: $60,000 - $80,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS PINE TREES, KEMPENFELT BAY, C.1916 oil on board signed and titled "Kempenfeldt Bay" on the reverse 14 ins x 10.5 ins; 35.6 cms x 26.7 cms Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto This early work depicts a stand of trees near the Harris family cottage on Lake Simcoe. During this time in the artist's practice, ideas of how to depict "our Canada" as a unique and original subject seen through truly Canadian eyes was at the forefront of Lawren Harris's mind, mirrored by Canada’s emergence as a nation apart from colonial Britain because of the valiant participation of our troops in World War One. In 1916, when this painting was made, Harris was spending much of his time training soldiers at Camp Borden, not far from Lake Simcoe. Harris would experience a heartbreaking loss when his younger brother Howard was killed in battle just two years later. The bright sunny scene is alive with colour - a golden field, cool green evergreens and vibrant ombre turquoise blue sky almost make the viewer feel like they are standing right in that warm summer sun - a respite from the difficult reality of a world at war. This painting has been owned by the same family since its acquisition in the 1930s, likely when the Studio Building contents were dispersed, and has been passed down through three generations. Estimate: $60,000–80,000

          Waddington's
        • (2) Lawren Harris (NM, Ontario/Canada, 1885-1970)
          Jul. 05, 2020

          (2) Lawren Harris (NM, Ontario/Canada, 1885-1970)

          Est: $150 - $250

          (2) Lawren Harris (NM, Ontario/Canada, 1885-1970) framed prints. With original label verso. Image sizes: 3 x 4 / 5 x 6 in. Overall framed sizes: 8.5 x 8.5 / 7 x 8 in. Both Framed behind glass.

          Helmuth Stone
        • The Group of Seven member Lawren Harris Copy of artwork
          Jun. 22, 2019

          The Group of Seven member Lawren Harris Copy of artwork

          Est: $600 - $800

          加拿大七人画派 Lawren Harris 《蒙特利尔河》复制艺术品 Size:20x25cm Lawren Stewart Harris (October 23, 1885 – January 29, 1970) was a Canadian painter born in Brantford, Ontario, who was one of the best known landscape painters of the Group of Seven, a group of artists who set out to create a distinctly Canadian art. He pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the early twentieth century. The Group of Seven (加拿大七人画派成员 ) Franklin Carmichael Lawren S. Harris Alexander Young Jackson Frank H. Johnston Arthur Lismer J.E.H. MacDonald Frederick H. Varley

          Majestic Auction
        • ATTR. LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970)
          Dec. 29, 2018

          ATTR. LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (1885-1970)

          Est: $200 - $400

          BOAT ABSTRACT OIL ON BOARD , SIGNED LOWER LEFT, L. HARRIS - 20" x 16" , 25" x 21"

          Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery
        • Lawren Stewar Harris - Algoma Country
          Sep. 23, 2018

          Lawren Stewar Harris - Algoma Country

          Est: $700 - $900

          Algoma Country (Sampson Matthews silkscreen, 30" x 40" signed by A.J. Casson)

          Westbridge Fine Art Auction House
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (CANADIAN, 1885-1970), MT. ROBSON FROM BERG LAKE, COLOUR AQUATINT; SIGNED LOWER LEFT Lawren Harris, del. LOWER RIGHT (Produced and signed N. Hornyansky impr. and titled and inscribed - misprint, used as colour model IN PENCIL
          May. 10, 2018

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (CANADIAN, 1885-1970), MT. ROBSON FROM BERG LAKE, COLOUR AQUATINT; SIGNED LOWER LEFT Lawren Harris, del. LOWER RIGHT (Produced and signed N. Hornyansky impr. and titled and inscribed - misprint, used as colour model IN PENCIL

          Est: $150 - $200

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (CANADIAN, 1885-1970) MT. ROBSON FROM BERG LAKECOLOUR AQUATINT; SIGNED LOWER LEFT Lawren Harris, del. LOWER RIGHT (Produced and signed N. Hornyansky impr. and titled and inscribed - misprint, used as colour model IN PENCIL (Plate, 11.8” x 14.8”) Condition noted: Crease and crack lower left, see photo.Estimate: $150—200

          Waddington's
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ABSTRACT, oil on board, 15 ins x 12 ins; 38.1 cms x 30.5 cms
          May. 29, 2017

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ABSTRACT, oil on board, 15 ins x 12 ins; 38.1 cms x 30.5 cms

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISABSTRACToil on boardsigned 15 ins x 12 ins; 38.1 cms x 30.5 cms Provenance:Collection of Bess Harris, Vancouver Estate of Howard K. Harris (COLL I - # 11)Private Collection, British ColumbiaLiterature:Charles Comfort et al., Lawren Harris, Retrospective Exhibition, Seymour Press, 1963, pages 7, 8 and 42.Dennis Reid, Atma Buddhi Manas: The Later Work of Lawren S. Harris, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1985, page 59. Andrew Hunter, Lawren Stewart Harris: A Painter’s Progress, Americas Society, New York, 2000, page 72.Dr. Charles Comfort observed that over the course of an artist's career: “with advancing years, there may be less of the tremendous impact of earlier work but there is a maturity and a sense of harmony and balance that only a lifetime of creative experience can bring to a painting.”  This abstract painting by Lawren Harris (1885-1970) falls within the so-called mature years of his production. According to typewritten labels on the reverse, this sketch was painted in Vancouver, circa 1962. Comfort's position, suggesting as it does, that Harris was “forever reaching for a higher and more exacting phrasing of his own personal and individual vocabulary," seems evident in this lot, painted the same year as Harris's great Atma Buddhi Manas.  From the mid-thirties on, Harris's primary focus was with non-objective painting. While such early works have that "tremendous impact" to which Comfort alluded, works such as this composition exude that "vocabulary which embodies the precision of the purest, at once architectonic, simple, clean, silent and detached” which Comfort insists is the product of maturity.  Dennis Reid has asserted that "all the paintings of 1961 and 1962 are mandala, and they function as, above all else, objects to assist in meditation." If this is to be accepted as fact, surely Abstraction, 1962 holds a special place within this group. Despite his advancing age and a frailty resulting from his 1958 heart attack, Harris continued to paint large, and many works from this period are oversize. This diminutive work stands apart. As a meditative object, it could easily be imagined as the servant of a more private, intense devotion. Fire or the flame motif, found in many religions, holds power as a symbol of purification, warmth, illumination and destruction (possibly, of ignorance). This is Composition’s preoccupation. Reinforcing the central flame shape are bands that radiate out – rhythmically - to the composition’s extreme edges. While Andrew Hunter concedes that “it is not easy to connect with all of Lawren Harris’s later works” admitting that they can be “theoretical and remote,” it must also be conceded that this work, by stark contrast, is an exceptionally sympathetic one, palpably encouraging a strong magnetic pull towards quiet contemplation.Estimate: $20,000–30,000

          Waddington's
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, STUDY FOR LIGHTHOUSE, FATHER POINT, QUEBEC, graphite, with the artist’s notations, 7.5 ins x 10 ins; 17.1 cms x 23.5 cms
          May. 29, 2017

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, STUDY FOR LIGHTHOUSE, FATHER POINT, QUEBEC, graphite, with the artist’s notations, 7.5 ins x 10 ins; 17.1 cms x 23.5 cms

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISSTUDY FOR LIGHTHOUSE, FATHER POINT, QUEBECgraphite, with the artist’s notations 7.5 ins x 10 ins; 17.1 cms x 23.5 cms Literature:Peter Larisey, S.J., Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris's Work and Life - An Interpretation, Dundurn Press, Toronto & Oxford, 1993, pages 106-108 for an extensive discussion of this subject, figure 9.13 for this lot reproduced, cover and plate 31 for the painting Lighthouse, Father Point, (collection of the National Gallery of Canada), both reproduced in colour. Charles C. Hill, Art for a Nation: The Group of Seven, (catalogue), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1995, page 331.Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens, Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries, Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, 2017, page 63, pages 60-61 for the canvas of Lighthouse, Father Point and page 63 for the oil sketch of Lighthouse, Father Point,  both reproduced in colour.Lawren Harris (1885-1970) discovered the lighthouse at Father Point (Rimouski), Quebec while on a 1929 sketching trip with A.Y. Jackson in search of new subject matter. Roald Nasgaard suggests the lighthouse was a portent of "the formal exactitude of his future abstracts and its reductive geometries." Peter Larisey agrees and writes: "Harris was probably attracted to this motif because of the streamlined modernity of its form. As we have seen, it was important for Harris to be modern. Another reason, however, was probably that the structure was already reduced to its minimal, essential elements:  a shaft housing the spiral stair, supported by flying buttresses and surmounted by the lantern." The lantern is depicted in this lot.The painting that resulted from the detailed pencil sketches, of which this lot is one, and a single oil sketch that Harris made on the trip with Jackson, was first shown in the 1930 Group Exhibition and is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, a gift of the artist in 1960. According to Charlie Hill, Lighthouse, Father Point, was the only canvas that resulted from this trip.Estimate: $5,000–7,000

          Waddington's
        • Lawren Harris (1885-1970) Group of Seven Artist - Canadian 'Toronto Street, Winter Morning, 1920' Engraved on .9999 Fine Silver $20.00 Coin. LE with C.O.A. Issue by RCM 2013 - $90.00 with 9x12 Giclee.
          Aug. 16, 2016

          Lawren Harris (1885-1970) Group of Seven Artist - Canadian 'Toronto Street, Winter Morning, 1920' Engraved on .9999 Fine Silver $20.00 Coin. LE with C.O.A. Issue by RCM 2013 - $90.00 with 9x12 Giclee.

          Est: -

          Lawren Harris (1885-1970) Group of Seven Artist - Canadian 'Toronto Street, Winter Morning, 1920' Engraved on .9999 Fine Silver $20.00 Coin. LE with C.O.A. Issue by RCM 2013 - $90.00 with 9x12 Giclee.

          Auction Network
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ALGOMA SKETCH, 1919, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms
          May. 30, 2016

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ALGOMA SKETCH, 1919, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms

          Est: $150,000 - $175,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISALGOMA SKETCH, 1919oil on panelsigned; also signed and titled on the reverse, and dated on an Art Gallery of Ontario label 10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms Provenance:Laing Galleries, TorontoPrivate Collection, AlbertaNote:In 1919, Lawren Harris organized a second boxcar trip to Algoma, which included A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frank Johnston. Just as they had done in 1918, the artists first travelled to Sault Ste. Marie where they picked up their caboose, after which they were taken by train to Canyon, the most northerly point of their trip. After several days of sketching in the area, their caboose was hitched to a southbound train, and they began the return trip stopping at Hubert near the Montreal Falls and at Batchewana, before heading back to the Sault and then home to Toronto at the beginning of October. The Algoma landscape has an overabundance of colour and shape which Harris could draw upon and this sketch contains a lot of detail. However, Algoma was critically important for teaching Harris how to reduce the landscape to its essential forms. Here Harris has ordered the diverse landscape elements into a coherent whole, aided in the process by the seasonal change which eliminated the riotous patterns of autumn leaves from the scene. This sketch is probably a Batchewana subject, as indicated by the large dark rock formation that rises up the right side of the picture. That it was painted late in the trip is indicated by the absence of colourful autumn foliage on the hills in the background, seen through the screen of dead trees. This motif was a favourite of Tom Thomson, through whose eyes Harris may have interpreted the scene before him. Harris would use it again to dramatic effect in Beaver Swamp, Algoma of 1920 (Art Gallery of Ontario).

          Waddington's
        • Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian (1885 - 1970), Red House, lithograph, 5 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (13.7 x 17.8 cm)
          Mar. 30, 2016

          Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian (1885 - 1970), Red House, lithograph, 5 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (13.7 x 17.8 cm)

          Est: $400 - $600

          signed in pencil, circa 1925

          Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
        • Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian (1885 - 1970), Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, lithograph, 5 1/4 x 7 in. (13.3 x 17.8 cm)
          Mar. 30, 2016

          Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian (1885 - 1970), Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, lithograph, 5 1/4 x 7 in. (13.3 x 17.8 cm)

          Est: $400 - $600

          signed in pencil, circa 1925

          Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ABSTRACT COMPOSITION (LSH 25), oil on masonite, 24.25 ins x 30 ins; 61.6 cms x 76.2 cms
          Nov. 23, 2015

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ABSTRACT COMPOSITION (LSH 25), oil on masonite, 24.25 ins x 30 ins; 61.6 cms x 76.2 cms

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISABSTRACT COMPOSITION (LSH 25)oil on masonite 24.25 ins x 30 ins; 61.6 cms x 76.2 cms Provenance:Private Collection, Nova ScotiaLiterature:Bess Harris and R.G.P. Colgrove, (eds.), Lawren Harris, MacMillan of Canada, Toronto, 1960, page 91.Andrew Hunter, Lawren Stewart Harris: A Painter’s Progress, Americas Society, New York, 2000, page 53.Note:Lawren Harris exhibited his abstract works for the first time in Canada in 1937 at the third exhibition of the Canadian Group of Painters. His decision to move away from the common ideals of the Group to pursue abstraction may not have been a popular decision at that time but it was, for him, an inevitable one. Harris wrote: “My purpose in attempting to paint abstractions is that there is at once more imaginative scope and a more exacting discipline in non-objective painting. I have had ideas consistently forming which could not be expressed in representational terms.”

          Waddington's
        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ALGOMA, oil on board, 10.5 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.9 cms
          Nov. 23, 2015

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ALGOMA, oil on board, 10.5 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.9 cms

          Est: $80,000 - $100,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISALGOMAoil on boardsigned; also signed, titled and inscribed “Early sketch” on the reverse 10.5 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.9 cms Provenance:Laing Galleries, TorontoPrivate Collection, OntarioLiterature:Peter Larisey, A Portfolio of Landscapes by Lawren S. Harris, The National Gallery of Canada, Bulletin 23, 1974.Paul Duval, Canadian Impressionism, McClelland & Stewart Inc., Toronto, 1990, page 128, and page 129 for the closely related oil sketch by Franz Johnston, Painted Hillside, 1918, (McMichael Canadian Art Collection), reproduced in colour.Note:Early in 1918 Lawren Harris was suffering from a severe depression brought on by the death of his brother Howard who was killed in action overseas. The loss was felt all the more acutely since it followed closely on the death by drowning of Tom Thomson in July 1917. Harris was discharged from the army for health reasons on May 1, 1918 and moved to his cottage near Lake Simcoe to recuperate. His friend, Dr. James MacCallum suggested that they take a sketching trip to Algoma to help in Harris’s recovery. This trip, Harris’s first to Algoma, began a fertile and important period of landscape painting for the artist and led to his organizing six subsequent trips to the region for himself and other members of the Group of Seven between September 1918 and autumn 1921. This is possibly one of the sketches Harris made on that first trip to Algoma in the spring of 1918. The location has been identified as “Algoma,” and “Early sketch” has been inscribed on the verso. In the exhibition “Algoma Sketches and Pictures by J.E.H. MacDonald, ARCA; Lawren Harris, Frank H. Johnston” held in April-May 1919 at the Art Gallery of Toronto, Harris showed two canvases and forty-six oil sketches, including six identified simply as “Spring 1918.” This oil sketch is not characteristic of what Peter Larisey calls the “wall of wilderness” compositions that characterize Harris’s early Algoma work, nor of the more expansive later examples. However, the spring-like palette of fresh greens broken up by pink strokes of granite could well have been Harris’s first impression of a region as yet unexplored by him. While this lot is undated, it shares many of the characteristics of a related work by Franz Johnston executed in 1918 entitled Patterned Hillside. Like this lot, the Johnston sketch shows a strong influence of Impressionism in its colouration and use of open brushwork.

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, STUDY FOR NORTH LABRADOR, 1930, graphite, 7.5 ins x 10 ins; 17.8 cms x 24.1 cms
          Nov. 23, 2015

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, STUDY FOR NORTH LABRADOR, 1930, graphite, 7.5 ins x 10 ins; 17.8 cms x 24.1 cms

          Est: $7,000 - $9,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISSTUDY FOR NORTH LABRADOR, 1930graphitewith artist’s colour notations 7.5 ins x 10 ins; 17.8 cms x 24.1 cms Provenance:Roberts Gallery Limited, TorontoPrivate Collection, OntarioLiterature:Bess Harris and R.G.P. Colgrove, (eds.), Lawren Harris, MacMillan of Canada, Toronto, 1969, page 8 for the related painting North Labrador, 1930, reproduced in colour. Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris, Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes, 1906-1930 (catalogue), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1978, for the related painting North Labrador, 1930, cat. no. 171, reproduced.Note:A closely related pencil sketch entitled North Labrador, 1930 is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (no. 42124).

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, JACK RESTING BY A TREE, oil on canvas, 13.25 ins x 11.25 ins; 33.7 cms x 28.6 cms
          May. 25, 2015

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, JACK RESTING BY A TREE, oil on canvas, 13.25 ins x 11.25 ins; 33.7 cms x 28.6 cms

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS JACK RESTING BY A TREE oil on canvas 13.25 ins x 11.25 ins; 33.7 cms x 28.6 cms Provenance:Private Collection, Niagara-on-the-LakeLiterature:"The Coupler Presents-Jack T. Hulme," The Coupler (The Official Magazine for the employees and pensioners of the Toronto Transit Commission), No. 7, Vol. 11, November 1936.Note:John Thompson Hulme, or Jack as everyone called him, was born in Toronto in October 1898. Leaving the city behind for the farming life, Jack moved with his family to Aurora (Oak Ridges) while still a boy. "The district surrounding his parent's farm was a favourite haunt for artists and (Jack) was able to pick up considerable pocket money by merely posing for them in the shade of some tree or with a fishing rod at the edge of a stream." One such artist, a young friend of the family, was Lawren Stewart Harris. Painted on the family property, Harris is believed to have paid Jack 25 cents to sit for this portrait.The quiet of such afternoons on the farm were interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. Claiming to be a year older than he was, Jack enlisted in the army on December 20th, 1915 and joined the 127th Battalion "York Rangers." He was sent to Britain with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force alongside his father and his older brother, Howard. He quickly rose through the ranks of service, holding the position of Sapper, then Bugler and finally, Private. After returning from the War, Jack worked as a painter and then for the Toronto Railway (TTC) as a conductor.  In 1940 he reenlisted in World War II, leaving behind his wife and a 10 year old son. He served his time overseas with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Engineers, starting as a Private and eventually becoming a Quarter Master Sergeant. When the war ended, he returned home and continued his career with the TTC, ultimately as a Supervisor. Devoting his spare time to his family and the Masonic Lodge, he loved to work in the garden, make his own wine and was a champion Crib player. In this early work, executed prior to his formal training, Harris captures Jack as those close to him described him: quiet, unobtrusive and frank. Jack passed away on September 12, 1973.

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, TREES IN SUMMER, oil on canvas, 22.25 ins x 18 ins; 56.5 cms x 45.7 cms
          Nov. 24, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, TREES IN SUMMER, oil on canvas, 22.25 ins x 18 ins; 56.5 cms x 45.7 cms

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISTREES IN SUMMERsigned with initials, 22.25 ins x 18 ins; 56.5 cms x 45.7 cmsProvenance:Private Collection, Niagara-on-the-LakeLiterature:Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris, Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes 1906-1930, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1978, page 13-14, page 40, no. 11 and page 65, no. 53 reproduced.Paul Duval, Lawren Harris: Where the Universe Sings, Cerebus Publishing, Canada, 2011, page 50.Note:This lot represents one of the earliest Lawren Harris canvases to appear at auction. It was executed sometime between 1905 and 1910 when a young Harris travelled to Aurora to spend time with the family of the grandparents of the present owner. While imprecise, this dating is based both on the recollection of the owners, the manner of signature, (Harris used initials to sign his work until 1910) as well as a second work in the collection whose subject's age is known to the family allowing us to date this work - which was executed on the same visit - with increased accuracy. In 1904 Harris left Canada to study art in Berlin. In 1905, he returned to Canada for the summer, and went back Europe once again until the end of the summer of 1907. While clearly far removed from the works Harris would eventually produce - and oh-so much tamer, even refined - in this lot we have a notion of Harris' early approach to composition: the contoured outline of the rising hill, the screen of trees and grasses and the clouds and sky in deep space beyond, which would later form the basis of so many of Harris wilderness sketches. Very few works from this early formative period have been located; Jeremy Adamson illustrates two comparable works one undated and one dating from 1908 though both much smaller than this canvas.

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ROCKY LANDSCAPE, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.9 cms
          Nov. 24, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, ROCKY LANDSCAPE, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.9 cms

          Est: $75,000 - $100,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISROCKY LANDSCAPEoil on panel 10.5 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.9 cms Provenance:Acquired from the artist's familyBy descent to the present owner, TorontoLiterature:Paul Duval, Lawren Harris: Where the Universe Sings, Cerebus Publishing, Canada, 2011, page 196 for a comparable Algoma work circa 1920 and page 215 for a comparable Superior work, circa 1923, both reproduced in colour.Note:This lot is neither titled nor dated leaving some room for speculation about its subject and location of execution. Compositionally and stylistically it bears much in common with the later Algoma works or early Superior sketches dating it likely to circa 1920-1923.

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, BATCHAWANA, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms
          Nov. 24, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, BATCHAWANA, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms

          Est: $75,000 - $100,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISBATCHAWANAoil on panelsigned and titled on the reverse 10.5 ins x 13.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms Provenance:Acquired from the artist's familyBy descent to the present owner, TorontoLiterature:Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris, Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes 1906-1930, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1978, page 83.Paul Duval, Lawren Harris: Where the Universe Sings, Cerebus Publishing, Canada, 2011, page 194 and page 184 for a closely related work entitled Autumn, Batchawana Lake XXIX, 1918, reproduced in colour.Note:The boxcar trips, arranged by Lawren Harris, in which he and his painting friends travelled north to Algoma are well-documented and we know that in 1919 (the second boxcar trip) the party stopped at Batchawana, the last point on the trip, where they remained for about a week. By mid-October they were back in Toronto. Harris found himself challenged by "the superabundance of colour, the infinity of detail and the continuous change in the appearance of the countryside as winter approached". In these works he and his fellow artists recognized the need to simplify their compositions down to the most essential shapes and colours. And yet this lot retains, with success, many of the complexities of the Batchawana experience. It is often said that Algoma confounded Harris, however, this lot most emphatically refutes this. Rather Harris had developed many positive associations with the Algoma visits; they helped restore his health which had become fragile during the war years. Duval quotes Harris as remarking that he found Algoma "a veritable paradise for the creative adventurer to paint in the Canadian north". Duval continues: "The small panels with their brilliant, almost liquid, brushwork convey a virtuoso performance."

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, LUMBER CAMP, oil on board, mounted to board, 8 ins x 8.75 ins; 20.3 cms x 22.2 cms
          Nov. 24, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, LUMBER CAMP, oil on board, mounted to board, 8 ins x 8.75 ins; 20.3 cms x 22.2 cms

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISLUMBER CAMPoil on board, mounted to board 8 ins x 8.75 ins; 20.3 cms x 22.2 cms Provenance:Thoreau MacDonald (son of J.E.H. MacDonald), TorontoCollection of Mrs. A.C. KennyPrivate Collection, OakvilleLiterature:Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris: Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes, 1906-1930, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1978, page 14, 23 and 43 and page 43, cat. no. 24 for The Drive (Collection of the National Gallery of Canada), reproduced.Note:According to an inscription by Thoreau MacDonald on the backing, this work was probably executed circa 1912. MacDonald suggests: "The lumber camp may have been within Algonquin Park or northern U.S."In 1909, Harris spent weeks on assignment for Harper's Magazine in a Minnesota lumber camp. Adamson writes: "It was here that the artist first came in direct contact with the austere majesty of the north." The Minnesota trip did not only yield commercial material for Harper's, but from sketches made there, Harris selected two Minnesota subjects to exhibit in the Ontario Society of Artists exhibit of that year. For the 1912 spring O.S.A. exhibition, Harris exhibited six canvases including a logging scene, The Drive, that was one of only two full scale canvases Harris had done to date and according to Adamson his first distinctly Northern Ontario subject. Clearly, Harris had identified a trope in the lumber camps and log drives that was the ideal vehicle for his expression of the "North" the interpretation of which he would pursue in paint and poetry for decades to come. While Harris had also visited Algonquin Park by 1914, it seems more likely that this lot pre-dates this, and was executed ca. 1912 as suggested by Thoreau MacDonald.

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, LAKE SUPERIOR, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13 ins; 26.7 cms x 33 cms
          Nov. 24, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, LAKE SUPERIOR, oil on panel, 10.5 ins x 13 ins; 26.7 cms x 33 cms

          Est: $50,000 - $70,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISLAKE SUPERIOR, 10.5 ins x 13 ins; 26.7 cms x 33 cmsProvenance:Acquired from the artist's familyBy descent to the present owner, TorontoNote:In 1921, after a return visit to Algoma to sketch with his painter friends, Lawren Harris pushed on to Lake Superior for the first time. He was accompanied by A.Y. Jackson and found the trip to be a revelation. Harris would revisit the area numerous times between 1921-1928 and many believe Lake Superior and its shores to have provided him with his greatest inspiration. While this sketch is not dated, it would be fair to assume that it was painted on one of the earlier visits to Superior. A transition between the rich Algoma landscape paintings and the starker, stripped down maturer Superior works, this lot combines elements of both periods. Its lush evergreens, heavy with impasto, are set beside the bleached leafless trees that bear witness to forest fires that ravaged Superior in the years before Harris's visit. Unlike the later Superior works, this lot retains the richness of detail that would later be relinquished in order to idealize the landscape. Representing one last push to celebrate the lush textures associated with the Algoma pictures - as though Harris might be reluctant to recalibrate - here we still enjoy a classic composition. The variety of colour and variegated textures would soon evolve out of his work to be replaced by a stylized, lonely landscape which, in its own turn, would be superseded by Harris's later abstract forms.

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        • ATTRIBUTED TO LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (Canada, 1885-1970) TREES ABOVE LAKE SUPERIOR
          Aug. 19, 2014

          ATTRIBUTED TO LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (Canada, 1885-1970) TREES ABOVE LAKE SUPERIOR

          Est: $5,000 - $10,000

          Oil on canvas Housed in a natural carved wood frame Signed lower left "Lawren Harris 22" SIZE: 19" x 26". Overall: 24" x 31". CONDITION: Craquelure, surface grime with discolored varnish. Otherwise very good. 9-93550

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, STREET SCENE (LSH 135), oil on canvas, 44.75 ins x 40 ins; 113.7 cms x 101.6 cms
          May. 26, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, STREET SCENE (LSH 135), oil on canvas, 44.75 ins x 40 ins; 113.7 cms x 101.6 cms

          Est: $400,000 - $600,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISSTREET SCENE (LSH 135)oil on canvaswith the LSH Holdings stamp (135) on the reverse 44.75 ins x 40 ins; 113.7 cms x 101.6 cms Literature:Paul Duval, Lawren Harris: Where the Universe Sings, Cerebrus Publishing, Canada, 2011, page 100 and page 101, reproduced in colour.Note:Art critic and writer Paul Duval has given many years of consideration to the work of the Group of Seven and Harris in particular. In his recent monograph on Harris, Duval writes of this lot: "Harris had a special affection for his major canvas, Street Scene. He felt that while the majority of his city paintings were portraits of specific dwellings, Street Scene encapsulated a total mood of the Toronto metropolis during the early nineteen twenties. In it, he captured the grey, overcast feeling of a metropolitan morning, stark and treeless. One of Harris's great achievements was matching a theme to a style, whether in town or in the isolation of Lake Superior (see Lot 46)...""Unlike other Harris urban canvases, Street Scene stresses a marked verticality in its design, unlike the more passive horizontality found in most of his other street paintings. The penetration of the picture plane by the composition's deep perspective is balanced by an almost flat passage of the side of a building and the grey ribbons of clouds which weave the entire design together. Stylistically, these clouds are virtually identical to those featured in some Lake Superior canvases of 1922, which makes Street Scene an important transition picture. Street Scene is an emotionally charged and very complex creation, bringing Harris's urban series of paintings to a dramatic conclusion. It is a landmark in his career."

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, LAKE SUPERIOR PAINTING, oil on canvas, 40 ins x 50 ins; 101.6 cms x 127 cms
          May. 26, 2014

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, LAKE SUPERIOR PAINTING, oil on canvas, 40 ins x 50 ins; 101.6 cms x 127 cms

          Est: $2,500,000 - $3,500,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISLAKE SUPERIOR PAINTINGoil on canvassigned and titled on a label on the stretcher 40 ins x 50 ins; 101.6 cms x 127 cms Provenance:Acquired from the artist's family by the present owner (in 1952)Literature:Lawren Harris, Paintings 1910-1948 (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of Toronto, 1948, pages 10, 31 and plates 10 and 12, cat. nos. 34 and 44, for related works from this period (the second in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada), reproduced. Lawren Harris, Retrospective Exhibition, 1963 (exhibition catalogue) National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 1963, page 7 (foreword), page 23 (Paul Duval, "From Nature to Abstraction") and page 32 (William Hart, "Theory and Practice of Abstract Art").Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris, Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes 1906-1930 (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1978, pages 123, 126 and 142. "He's Leaving Home" by Sara Angell, Maclean's (March 13, 2014), pages 52-54.Note:In A.Y. Jackson's biographical sketch of Lawren Harris, the preface to the 1948 Harris exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto, Jackson writes that while "Algoma provided MacDonald with the subject of his finest canvases... Harris was (already) tending toward simplification and this opulent heavy wooded country was difficult for him. He needed more space and found it on the North Shore of Lake Superior... It was this country that gave Harris the motives for many of his best-known canvases. There was a feeling of space, dramatic lighting, the stark forms of rocky hills and dead trees, and beyond, Lake Superior, shining like burnished silver."It may have been the naturally occurring simplicity of the land and reductions of forms that produced in Harris an affinity for Lake Superior. Adamson writes: "Reduced to essential forms by successive ice ages, the landscape differed strongly from the variegated scenery of Algoma. All transient effects seem to have been eliminated. Harris was captivated by this sense of timelessness and his Lake Superior paintings directly embody this quality."Indeed, most critics and art historians agree that while Georgian Bay and Algoma were pivotal for Harris' Group of Seven colleagues, Lake Superior was crucial to Harris' evolution. Tension, simplification and dramatic lighting as highlighted in this lot are hallmarks of this period of transition. Harris embraced the north as a place of spirituality and compositions such as Lake Superior Painting were informed by his growing interest in Theosophy and Transcendentalism and a move away from the Nationalism that informed early group works. Adamson describes it as a move away from the particular to the universal. Writing of this period, Dr. Charles Comfort, then director of the National Gallery of Canada, remarked that after his Algoma experience Harris searched for "something more austere, geographical equivalents which supported his theory of replenishing values... and confirmed his doctrine of the spread of spiritual emancipation from the cleansing north." Indeed, Harris felt that Lake Superior provided the inspiration to produce paintings in which man, nature and spirit were one.Paul Duval writes: "It is in the richly productive decade between 1920 and 1930 that the technical and aesthetic resources possessed by Harris are most clearly apparent... The contrast of Lake Superior's rocky shoreline to the richly tangled forest of Algoma and the crumbling textures of the slum houses seemed to get Harris into creative high gear... Out of the seemingly unpromising material of Lake Superior's barren rock and open sky (which, according to Harris, in their singing expressiveness and sublimity existed nowhere else in Canada) and withered trees, Harris composed a number of masterpieces."Increasingly in the 20s, Harris' work grows more formal. Hart writes that Harris' main concern "appears to be to impose strict compositional control upon the majestic landscape. Pentimenti (as evidenced in this lot) indicate the colour, size and thickness of several shapes were adjusted for the sake of refinement and pictorial unity."Lake Superior Painting embodies the two important characteristics of this period of Harris' production that are powerfully rendered here: infinite space and supernatural light. The radiating bands of light symbolize high intellect, a kind of divine intelligence and space is synonymous with consciousness. Adamson writes: "Both elements are directly related to (Harris') occult vision of reality."It is difficult to know precisely when this important canvas was executed. After 1924, Harris seldom dated works and Hart postulates that "perhaps he felt their autonomous quality would be compromised by reference to the make and time of its completion." Lawren Harris is the subject of three major exhibitions which will take place over the next several years: Lawren Harris - Canadian Visionary organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, a second exhibition organized by the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles in association with the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Mystical Modernism curated by Roald Nasgaard which will visit the McMichael Gallery in 2016.

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        • Third Liberty Loan Poster
          May. 19, 2014

          Third Liberty Loan Poster

          Est: $100 - $200

          Signed Lawrence S. Harris lower left, 29 1/2" H x 19 1/2" W, Frame 34 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W, Condition: Water stains and minor paper loss to lower left corner

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (CANADIAN, 1885-1970)
          Oct. 10, 2013

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (CANADIAN, 1885-1970)

          Est: $400 - $600

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS (CANADIAN, 1885-1970) IN THE WARD; PRINT (From zinc plate) ; SIGNED LOWER RIGHT IN PENCIL (Image, 5.5" x 7")

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, MOUNTAIN ON THE ATHABASCA RIVER, MOUNTAIN SKETCH XCI, oil on board, 12 ins x 15 ins; 30 cms x 37.5 cms
          Jun. 03, 2013

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, MOUNTAIN ON THE ATHABASCA RIVER, MOUNTAIN SKETCH XCI, oil on board, 12 ins x 15 ins; 30 cms x 37.5 cms

          Est: $325,000 - $375,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISMOUNTAIN ON THE ATHABASCA RIVER, MOUNTAIN SKETCH XCI, oil on board; signed; titled on the reverse 12 ins x 15 ins; 30 cms x 37.5 cms Provenance: Bess Harris Collection, Vancouver.Dominion Gallery, Montreal.Private Collection, Edmonton.Private Collection, Ontario.Literature: Lisa Christensen, "A Hiker's Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris", Calgary, 2000, pages 67 and 75.Note: Harris and A.Y. Jackson first visited Mount Robson Provincial Park in 1924, painting such subjects as Maligne Lake, the Colin Range and the Athabasca River and Valley.An avid believer in Theosophy, Harris was interested in divine mysteries and their relationships to human origins. The artist's time spent in the mountains would provide an experience with the sublime that he had not previously encountered. Harris once described how he applied this awareness to his art: "If we view a great mountain soaring into the sky, it may excite us, evoke an uplifted feeling within us. There is an interplay of something we see outside of us without inner response. The artist takes that response and its feelings and shapes it on canvas with paint so that when finished it contains the experience." This lot conveys the dramatic visuals of the western Canadian landscape while capturing Harris' deepening interest in abstract forms.

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        • LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, MT. SAMPSON, MALIGNE LAKE, MOUNTAIN SKETCH CVI, oil on board, 10.75 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.9 cms x 34.4 cms
          Jun. 03, 2013

          LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, MT. SAMPSON, MALIGNE LAKE, MOUNTAIN SKETCH CVI, oil on board, 10.75 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.9 cms x 34.4 cms

          Est: $175,000 - $200,000

          LAWREN STEWART HARRISMT. SAMPSON, MALIGNE LAKE, MOUNTAIN SKETCH CVI, oil on board; signed; titled on the reverse 10.75 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.9 cms x 34.4 cms Provenance: Dominion Gallery, Montreal.Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.Private Collection, Nova Scotia.Private Collection, Ontario.Literature: Bess Harris and R.G.P. Colgrove, "Lawren Harris", Toronto, 1969, page 62.Joan Murray, "The Beginning of Vision, The Drawings of Lawren S. Harris", Toronto, 1982, page 98.Lisa Christensen, "A Hiker's Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris", Calgary, 2000, page vii, for a related pen and ink drawing entitled "Mount Sampson, Maligne Lake, Jasper", illustrated. Also page 7 for the drawing "Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, Alberta, 1924" from the 1925 portfolio, illustrated. See also page 48 for an extensive description of the Maligne Lake topography.Note: Painted in 1924."When I first saw the mountains, travelled through them, I was most discouraged. Nowhere did they measure up to the advertising folders, or to the conception these had formed in my mind's eye. But, after I became better acquainted with the mountains, camped and tramped and lived among them, I found a power and majesty and a wealth of experience at nature's summit which no travel-folder ever expressed." Lawren HarrisIn the late summer of 1924, Harris took his first trip to the Rocky Mountains, probably under the advice of J.E.H. MacDonald who had visited earlier that summer. Accompanying Harris was his family and fellow Group of Seven member, A.Y. Jackson. This inaugural trip was clearly significant for Harris as almost every year between 1924 and 1929, Harris would spend months at a time sketching in the Rocky Mountains.This work was most likely the source for the pen and ink drawing "Mount Sampson, Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, circa 1924", which was included in the 1925 Group of Seven exhibition. A portfolio of lithographs based on the pen and ink drawings was available for purchase at the 1925 show.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          May. 15, 2013

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on board Sketch XI, Farmhouse Near Mattawa 8 x 10 inches 20.3 x 25.4 centimeters signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed ""$25"" Provenance:Collection of J.E.H. MacDonald A gift from J.E.H. MacDonald to Carl F. Schaefer, 1928 By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario Inscribed on verso by Thoreau MacDonald ""With J.E.H. MacD., Mattawa, April 1913 / Gift to Carl Schaefer from J.E.H. MacD., 1928"" and by Carl Schaefer ""Collection Carl Schaefer, 117 St. Clements Ave., Toronto, 12, Ont."" The year 1913 was a turning point for Lawren Harris. In the previous year he had made his first major sale to the National Gallery of Canada, and it was with increasing confidence that he set off with fellow artist J.E.H. MacDonald in the spring of 1913 to sketch the northern wilderness near Mattawa. This new confidence can be seen in Harris's application of the thick brush-strokes in the sky and foreground and in his characteristic handling of the lone tree - techniques for which he would come to be known in the decades ahead. Few sketches from this trip have appeared on the market, yet they form an invaluable insight into the beginnings of the artist's new style of painting. Mattawa is a small settlement on the Ottawa River, just north of Algonquin Park, where the transition between northern coniferous forest and southern deciduous forest occurs. Harris and MacDonald presumably exchanged sketches from the trip, because this work was in MacDonald's collection until it was given to the artist Carl Schaefer in 1928.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          May. 15, 2013

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $90,000 - $120,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on panel Rainstorm, Northern Lake 10 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches 27.3 x 34.9 centimeters signed Literature:Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris: Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes 1906 - 1930, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978, page 65 Provenance:A gift from the Artist to Arthur Burk, Toronto By descent to a Private Collection, Montreal Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 25, 2004, lot 78 Private Collection, London, England This exciting work by Lawren Harris is an essay in contrasts. The graceful, vertical trees are light and airy, with thinly painted trunks that make skillful use of the wooden support panel itself. The dark green of their lifting, seemingly windblown tops contrasts with the bright green of the solid horizontal brush-strokes that Harris uses to depict the foreground. By mood, colour and direction, Harris's brushwork shows us fine weather and poor, wind and calm, with the rainstorm on the right being a sheet of perfect, thinly-painted pale blue verticality. The subject of this dramatic painting is possibly Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe, 60 miles north of Toronto, where Harris and his mother owned a summer home. In referring to the works Harris painted there, Jeremy Adamson states, "The majority of his Lake Simcoe sketches are studies of trees set against an expansive sky and indicate pictorial interests differing from those of his decorative studio snow scenes." Harris's interest here lies in the contrast between the softly-glowing pastoral foreground and the elemental forces of nature in the rainstorm washing across the lake.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          May. 15, 2013

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $70,000 - $90,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on board On an Algoma Lake 10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches 26.7 x 34.9 centimeters signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed in graphite with the Doris Mills Inventory #2/115 (crossed out) Literature:Doris Mills, L.S. Harris Inventory, 1936, listed as Group 2 (2/115), Algoma Sketches, location noted as the Studio Building Provenance:The Fine Art Galleries, T. Eaton Co. Ltd., Toronto Private Collection, Ontario Lawren Harris often chose the place where water meets land as a subject in his work. Water, with its reflective possibilities and depth of shadows, requires a different approach than rocks or the lush undergrowth of forest. On an Algoma Lake is a fine example of Harris's ability to play these two elements against each other. The smooth lines of the flat rock jutting out into the water divides the forest from the lake nicely, with a few white accenting laps against the nose of the rock. It is interesting to note how similar the brushwork is in the water and this rock; they work in harmony together, despite their differences in solidity. A single yellow tree blazes against the green forest, and Harris has outlined many of the features in this work with black - a striking method of his which served to balance out bright highlights such as the vivid yellow of the small tree. It is a portrait of sorts, wherein the little tree takes most of our attention despite the eloquent surroundings.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          May. 15, 2013

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $200,000 - $300,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on panel Snow in the Woods, Algonquin Park I 10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches 26.7 x 34.9 centimeters signed and on verso signed, titled variously and inscribed with the artist's symbol, "4" (circled), "36" in red, the Doris Mills inventory #5/21 (crossed out), ""Not For Sale"" Literature:Doris Mills, L.S. Harris Inventory, 1936, listed as Group 5 (5/21) Miscellaneous Sketches, location noted as the Studio Building Lawren Harris, The Story of the Group of Seven, 1964, page 19 Provenance:Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal A Prominent Montreal Collection Sold sale of Canadian Art, An Outstanding Collection, The Property of a Prominent Montreal Collector, Fraser Bros., Montreal, October 23, 1986, lot 62 Private Collection, Vancouver Also inscribed on verso: on a label ""Misc. Group no. XXI"" Snow in the Woods, Algonquin Park I was in the sale of an outstanding collection of a prominent Montreal collector, sold at auction in October of 1986. This sale was the subject of numerous headlines, as the collection sold for $4 million - a high value at the time. Because of the high quality of works from this collection, including this superb oil, the sale jump-started the Canadian art market at the time to a new level. This very fine oil on panel by Lawren Harris comes from around 1915, and relates directly to master canvases including Snow, circa 1915, in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Snow II, circa 1916, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and the oil on canvas, Snow, Algonquin Park, sold at Heffel on May 23, 2007 (lot 8), now in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. At this time in his a career, Harris was interested in the depiction of light and pattern as he saw it in the Canadian landscape. Stylistically related to Impressionism, but thematically rooted in Canada, this swirling, close-in-view work is a riotous dance between light, tree limbs and snow. Harris went on a painting trip with Tom Thomson into Algonquin Park in 1916. He was impressed with Thomson's lack of regard for the weather, and noted that Thomson's need to paint on the spot remained no matter how wild the wind or the rain. After observing Thomson painting in a storm, Harris would later write, "Tom had caught in living paint the power and drama of the storm in the north. Here was symbolized, it came to me, the function of the artist in life: he must accept in deep singleness of purpose the manifestations of life in man and in great nature, and transform these into controlled, ordered and vital expressions of meaning." Here, Harris has taken a scene from "great nature" and transformed it through paint. The brilliant whites of his snow, the deep greens of his forest, and the wonderful variety of mauve and pink that indicate the depth of the shadows on the snow and how they play against the light as it hits the snow nearby, act together in vital expression of a moment in a Canadian winter. In his masterful depictions of winter woods, Harris carefully analyzed the subtle ariety of colour in winter snows, and was adept at blending his pigments to achieve the desired affect. When a person familiar with the nuances of a Canadian winter closely examines a work such as this, the response is often one of delighted understanding. Snow in the Woods, Algonquin Park I is a superb example of Harris's snow paintings, a distillation of the winter beauty of the densely forested northern wilderness.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          May. 15, 2013

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $200,000 - $300,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on panel Pic Island, Lake Superior 10 1/2 x 13 5/8 inches 26.7 x 34.6 centimeters signed and on verso titled on the gallery label Literature:Anne McDougall, Anne Savage: The Story of a Canadian Painter, 1977, page 43 Walt Whitman, The Complete Poems, 1995, "Song of the Open Road" from Leaves of Grass, pages 116 and 309 Provenance:Estate of Randolf MacDonald, Toronto Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal Private Collection, Montreal "He pulled out the drawers and there were his brushes as streamlined as a scientific laboratory. He had a heavy black easel. He showed me panels of Lake Superior with huge black stems of trees and a definite feeling of dignity and control. There was nothing out of place. I remember thinking isn't this extraordinary and couldn't analyse it. But after I came back I realized he was abstracting his subject. He was on his way to just shooting off into this world of nothing but light and air." (Anne Savage to Arthur Calvin) When Savage penned these comments about Lawren Harris in 1925, she was fortunate to have visited him in his studio at a pivotal time in his artistic career. It is clear from her remarks that the visit had a dramatic effect on her. Studio visits such as this, with the sharing of ideas between artists, as well as group exhibitions and public dialogue all contributed to the rich ferment in the school of landscape painting in Canada. Eastern philosophies were being more widely read, and spiritualism, partly in reaction to the First World War, had taken hold of many creative minds. Harris and the other members of the Group of Seven were expressing ideas of idealistic nationalism through landscape art, and Harris often, in his references to the north, chose to write North with a capital, denoting its significance to him. Savage's analysis that Harris was about to enter a "world of nothing but light and air" is quite profound, especially when we take his later abstractions into account, and this work - perhaps even eing one of those that Savage saw in his studio - is certainly a stepping-stone on the way to that world. While a realistic rendering of the actual colours and shapes of the Canadian landscape is still clear in the red tones of the rocky shore, the bleached bone-like trunks of the burnt-over trees and the deep blue of Lake Superior, we are clearly heading towards something profound with this painting of light and air. In Pic Island, Lake Superior, we seem to stand, with Harris, on the edge of the uppermost rocky promontory in the near foreground of the work. From this sanctified place, we look out onto a still, unpeopled landscape. Harris's hot red ochre and orange and the cool blue of the lake are in perfect complement, and the stillness of the scene is broken only by the vertical trees and the aura of pink and yellow-toned clouds in the unending sky. The trees are like sentinels, standing guard and looking out onto the lake, facing toward the source of the light that bathes the scene in warmth. In Anne Davis's book The Logic of Ecstasy, she compares the characteristics of nature that Harris sought to depict to those that Walt Whitman explored in the poem "Song of the Open Road", which was published in his seminal collection of poetry entitled Leaves of Grass: The earth never tires, The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first, Nature is rude and incomprehensible at first, Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop'd, I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. Harris held Whitman in the utmost esteem, as did several of his contemporaries, especially Bertram Brooker and J.E.H. MacDonald. And like Whitman, who felt that it was his duty to connect man with nature through words, so that "Nature and Man shall be disjoin'd and diffused no more", Harris felt that art and nature were deeply intertwined, and that it was his duty to connect man with nature through painting. Both art and nature, he felt, operated from the same set of rules - regardless of things as temporal as fashion and appearances. The "divine things more beautiful than words can tell" are the characteristics of nature that Harris sought in his paintings of the north shore of Lake Superior. The divine light, the elemental form, the beauty of harmonious colour and line, and the precision and order of nature in Canada's North - all are pared down to their most simple state as Nature's divine things.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          May. 15, 2013

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on board LSH 138 30 1/8 x 22 inches 76.5 x 55.9 centimeters on verso signed, dated 1958, inscribed ""F. 114"" and stamped Lawren Harris LSH Holdings Ltd 138 Provenance:The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 1976 Private Collection, Vancouver Lawren Harris's transformative journey to abstraction began after he left Toronto in 1934 for Hanover, New Hampshire, and later Sante Fe, New Mexico, where he became involved with the Transcendental Group of Painters. Before he left Canada, his landscapes, reduced to their essentials and radiant with light, reflected his deep interest in spirituality through his involvement with Theosophy, and showed the beginnings of his revolutionary leap to abstraction. In 1940 he returned to Canada, settling in Vancouver late that year. He was soon established as a prominent figure in its art scene, and in 1958 was appointed Honorary Vice-President and Guarantor of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Harris's abstract work continued to evolve through successive stages, and his work was influenced in the mid-1950s by the symbolism in Tantric Buddhist images from Tibet. Around this time, he was using calligraphic lines, often in a vertical format, as in this elegant work. Lines dance in a harmonious rhythm, contained within the painting's edges, yet free within that containment. The colour palette is light and radiant, a manifestation of Harris's creation of transcendent spiritual states through his paintings.

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian
          Nov. 29, 2012

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian graphite on paper Laurentians Drawing 8 - 9 8 1/2 x 11 inches 21.6 x 27.9 centimeters on verso inscribed ""LSH 8 - 9"" Provenance:Estate of Lawren Stewart Harris By descent to a Private Collection, British Columbia Private Collection, Toronto

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian
          Nov. 29, 2012

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian graphite on paper Architectural Sketch 8 - 10 7 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches 19 x 25.1 centimeters on verso inscribed ""LSH 8 - 10"" and ""Folder 8 - 10"" Provenance:Estate of Lawren Stewart Harris By descent to a Private Collection, British Columbia Private Collection, Toronto

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        • Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on
          Nov. 22, 2012

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          Lawren Stewart Harris 1885 - 1970 Canadian oil on panel Interior of Newfoundland (Hills - Newfoundland) 10 1/2 x 13 7/8 inches 26.7 x 35.2 centimeters signed and on verso signed twice, titled twice and inscribed ""32"" and ""$450"" on a label Literature:Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, Personal Art Collection Catalogue, reproduced, unpaginated, catalogue #R54 Provenance:Laing Galleries, Toronto, acquired on November 21, 1960 for $400 Estate of Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, Montreal In 1921, Lawren Harris went to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to work. He had been shaped by a number of critical forces to this point: the ravages of the First World War on his family and mental health, his exposure to poverty and class discrimination in Toronto, his burgeoning interest in Theosophy and, above all, his increasing respect for nature as the source of spiritual enlightenment. His unpeopled landscapes, with their expansive distances and serene atmosphere, are expressions of the ideas he was exploring - consciously as well as intuitively - in the wilds of Canada. This depiction of a hill in Newfoundland is a perfect example of these explorations. Thinly painted, the light, bright bands of colour on the mossy green hills and the simplicity of the chalky blue sky and clouds stand in sharp contrast to the rich purple of the cliffs. Harris was a painter who looked at his own work with a critical eye, noting where he had been and pondering where he was going. His coming icebergs and mountain forms are beautifully and distinctly foreshadowed in this open, airy work.

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