LOT 134

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

On an Algoma Lake
oil on board, circa 1918 - 1920
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed in graphite with the Doris Mills Inventory #2/115 (crossed out)
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 in 26.7 x 34.9 cm

Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

The Fine Art Galleries, T. Eaton Co. Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

Doris Mills, L.S. Harris Inventory, 1936, listed as Group 2 (2/115), Algoma Sketches, location noted as the Studio Building

Lawren Harris often chose the place where water meets land as a subject in his work. Water, with its reflective possibilities and depth of shadows, requires a different approach than rocks or the lush undergrowth of forest. On an Algoma Lake is a fine example of Harris’s ability to play these two elements against each other. The smooth lines of the flat rock jutting out into the water divides the forest from the lake nicely, with a few white accenting laps against the nose of the rock. It is interesting to note how similar the brushwork is in the water and this rock; they work in harmony together, despite their differences in solidity. A single yellow tree blazes against the green forest, and Harris has outlined many of the features in this work with black – a striking method of his which served to balance out bright highlights such as the vivid yellow of the small tree. It is a portrait of sorts, wherein the little tree takes most of our attention despite the eloquent surroundings.

Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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