Friday, November 27, 2009

Lawren Harris

the old stump, lake superior - lawren harris, 1926

One of Lawren Harris' paintings sold for $3 million yesterday. That's a record bid for any of the works by a member of the Group of Seven. "The Old Stump, Lake Superior" is one of the most beloved and iconic paintings in Canadian history and is a beautiful example of the stylized, almost abstract painting Harris was famous for.
He's always been my favourite of the Group of Seven, mostly for his colour palette and bold brush strokes. His work is cleaner, less muddied and dark than some of his Group of Seven counterparts. Some people really like the northern landscapes of Thomson and MacDonald, but prefer Harris.

mt. lefroy - lawren harris, 1930

maligne lake, jasper park - lawren harris, 1924

northern lake - lawren harris, 1923


lesley [smidgebox] said...

love. Such an amazing painter. I wish I could create works like that with a brush. Sigh. Wouldn't it be fun to own one of those?

m. said...

well, christmas is coming...maybe if i'm really, really good? ah well, i'd settle for a print.