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Lawren Stewart Harris

Lawren Stewart Harris

Lawren Stewart Harris
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 123

Lawren Stewart Harris
ALC BCSFA CGP FCA G7 OSA RPS TPG 1885 - 1970 Canadian

Sketch, New Hampshire
oil on board circa 1935
on verso signed, titled and inscribed "With Fraternal Greetings, To John Garrigues and The White Lodge"
15 x 18 in  38.1 x 45.7cm

John Garrigues, Los Angeles
By descent to the present Private Collection, Nevada

Lawren Harris left Toronto and moved to New Hampshire in 1934. His uncle taught at Dartmouth College, and Harris soon became artist-in-residence there. Within weeks of his arrival, Harris explored the nearby White Mountains, producing a sketchbook of graphite studies of the area. In 2009, Heffel sold a drawing for this painting, and its title, White Mountains, New Hampshire (from Sugar Loaf), identifies this view. After his powerful work in the Rockies, it is not surprising that Harris would have been drawn to these rugged mountains in the Appalachians. In contrast to the power and solidity of the mountain forms, the sky glows with transcendent rays of light, which to Harris’s theosophist beliefs, denoted a palpable spirituality. This is a rare and stunning mountain subject from this period, before Harris evolved into abstraction and moved to Santa Fe in 1938.
The first collector of this work, John Garrigues, was an important figure in theosophy – he was an author and was the editor of Theosophy magazine. The White Lodge that Harris mentions in the inscription refers to a hierarchy of enlightened higher beings at the pinnacle of this movement.

Estimate: $80,000 ~ $120,000 CAD

Sold For: $253,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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