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LOT 074

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled on the Mira Godard Gallery label, dated 1958 and inscribed "E2176 / HA" and with the Dominion Gallery inventory #E2176
24 1/2 x 30 in 62.2 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $52,650

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Vancouver

After Lawren Harris’s departure from Toronto in 1934 and relocation in Hanover, New Hampshire, he committed fully to abstraction. During his subsequent time in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1938 to 1939, he became one of the founding members of the Transcendental Painting Group there. World War II brought more change and, because Harris could not bring funds to the United States, he returned to Canada in 1940, finally settling in Vancouver. He became a prominent and inspirational member of the art community there, and in 1958 was appointed Honorary Vice-President of the Vancouver Art Gallery. In the mid-1950s Harris was looking at Tantric Buddhist images from Tibet, including mandalas, denoting his intense cross-cultural interest in spirituality and openness to bringing new elements into his abstraction. He left behind his more formal geometric abstractions of the 1940s for a new and rhythmic approach to line and form, as seen in this transcendent work. Flame-like forms and calligraphic lines float on a fluid spatial medium, creating their own energetic space, and making Abstract a radiant object for contemplation.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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