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Lawren Stewart Harris
L'automne 2010 - 2e séance Vente en salle

Lot # 135

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

Cottage, Metis Beach, Que., Houses Group XXIX
oil on panel circa 1916
signed and on verso signed twice on the board and on the artist's label, titled twice on the board and on the artist's label, inscribed "property Bess Harris 1943 BHC-115 / keep" and with the artist's symbol and numbered variously 26 / 7 / 60
10 5/8 x 14 pouces  27 x 35.6cm

Provenance:
Bess Harris Collection, Vancouver
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Acquired from the above by a Private Collector, Toronto, 1979
Private Collection, New York

This beautiful painting of a cottage, inscribed by Lawren Harris’s wife Bess as one to “keep”, is a fine example of his explorations of Canadian architecture as a subject. Harris treated the homes and buildings that he painted as an artist treats a subject sitting for a portrait – indeed, his houses can be considered portraits of what they represent: the people who inhabit them, the activities that are conducted in them, in whatever state they may be in. He delved more deeply into the structure than the surface and shape – he wished to get to the essential character of his homes and buildings. In this depiction of a pleasant Quebec cottage, Harris portrayed a well-kept home, with a porch and gabled roof in contrasting red and white. Framed by blossoming green trees, the scene is absolutely still, and the closed door, shuttered windows and sharply angled shadows emphasize this stillness. Harris’s buildings are filled with socially conscious messages; he was keenly aware of the difference between classes, and thus his architectural works can be seen as allegories of Canadian society.

Estimation: 90,000 $ ~ 120,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 175,500.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)


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