LOT 118

1885 - 1970

Mountain Forms
oil on canvas, circa 1926
on verso titled and dated on various labels and stamped Lawren Harris LSH Holdings Ltd. 193
60 x 70 in, 152.4 x 177.8 cm

Estimate: $3,000,000 - $5,000,000 CAD

Sold for: $11,210,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Estate of the Artist
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
George Clark, Fannin Hall Collection, Vancouver, 1978
Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver, 1980
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, 1984
Collection of Imperial Oil Limited

Ada Rainey, “Pictures Show Canadian Art of High Order,” The Washington Post, March 9, 1930, reproduced
Jehanne B. Salinger, “Canadian Art Is Applauded by United States Experts,” The Toronto Star Weekly, March 15, 1930, reproduced page 13
Leila Mechlin, “Paintings by Contemporary Canadian Artists,” American Magazine of Art, Vol. 21, no. 5, May 1930, page 267, reproduced page 262
Eleanor Jewett, “Current Exhibits in the East,” Chicago Sunday Tribune, May 18, 1930, page 4
Lawren Harris, “Theosophy and Art,” The Canadian Theosophist, Vol. 14, no. 5, July 15, 1933, page 1
English Painting, Miniatures and Sculpture; Canadian Painting and Sculpture; English Water Colours; Graphic and Applied Art; Photography, Canadian National Exhibition, 1934, listed page 50, with a price of $1,500
Doris Mills, L.S. Harris Inventory, 1936, Rocky Mountain Paintings, listed, titled as Mountain Form, catalogue #6 and a drawing of this work illustrated by Hans Jensen

Art Association of Montreal, 49th Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, November 24, 1927 – January 2, 1928, titled as Mountain Form, catalogue #82
American Federation of Arts, New York, Paintings by Contemporary Canadian Artists, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March 9 – 30, 1930, traveling to the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Baltimore Museum of Art; Grand Central Galleries, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and City Art Museum, St. Louis, 1930, titled as Mountain Form, catalogue #20
Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, August 24 – September 8, 1934, titled as Mountain Form, catalogue #313
Art Gallery of Toronto, Lawren Harris: Paintings, 1910 - 1948, October - November 1948, titled as Mountain Form, catalogue #41
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, The Group of Seven in Western Canada, July 13 – October 14, 2002, traveling to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2002 - 2004, catalogue #25
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 11, 2015 – January 24, 2016, traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2016


A.Y. Jackson, “Lawren Harris: A Biographical Sketch,” in Lawren Harris: Paintings, 1910 - 1948, Art Gallery of Toronto, 1948, titled as Mountain Forms, page 11

Lawren Harris notebook, National Archives of Canada, 30D208 Vol. 2, unpaginated

Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr, 1966, page 13

Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, 1977, page 39

Jeremy Adamson, Lawren S. Harris: Urban Scenes and Wilderness Landscapes, 1906 - 1930, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978, page 172, titled as Mountain Forms, reproduced page 173

Roger J. Mesley, “Lawren Harris’s Mysticm: A Critical View,” Art Magazine, Vol. 10, no. 41, November/December 1978, page 17

Joan Murray and Robert Fulford, The Beginning of Vision: The Drawings of Lawren S. Harris, Mira Godard Gallery, 1982, page 18

Roger Boulet, The Canadian Earth: Landscape Paintings by the Group of Seven, 1982, titled as Mountain Forms, reproduced front jacket cover, frontispiece and page 103

Dennis Reid, Atma Buddhi Manas: The Later Work of Lawren S. Harris, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1985, page 14

Jim Dale Vickery, Wilderness Visionaries, 1986, page 47

Robert Stacey, “ 'Towards Encounter': Charles Tomlinson and Canadian Painting,” Northward Journal 50 – 51, 1990, page 102, titled as Mountain Forms, reproduced page 102

Ann Davis, The Logic of Ecstasy: Canadian Mystical Painting, 1920 – 1940, 1992, pages 54 and 62

Peter Larisey, Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris’s Work and Life—An Interpretation, 1993, page 104, titled as Mountain Forms

Catharine M. Mastin, editor, The Group of Seven in Western Canada, Glenbow Museum, 2002, page 44 and listed page 199, titled as Mountain Forms, reproduced front jacket cover

Walt Whitman, The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman, 2006, pages 38 and 116

Paul Duval, Lawren Harris: Where the Universe Sings, 2011, pages 290 and 418, reproduced page 291, and the oil sketch entitled Mountain Forms reproduced page 290

James King, Inward Journey: The Life of Lawren Harris, 2012, page 181, reproduced page 182

Jori Finkel, “Steve Martin Adds ‘Curator’ to His Wild and Crazy Résumé,” The New York Times, September 25, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com, accessed August 8, 2016

Steve Martin et al., The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015, pages 15, 17 and 88 and reproduced back cover

Tom Teicholz, “Lawren Harris: The Steve Martin of Painters?” Forbes, November 30, 2015, http://www.forbes.com, accessed August 8, 2016

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Estimate: $3,000,000 - $5,000,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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