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LOT 142

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

Humber River Bank
oil on board, circa 1918
signed and on verso signed and titled
10 5/8 x 13 6/8 in 27 x 34.9 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Sold for: $85,500

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Ontario

The Humber River watershed, with its vast number of tributaries and smaller creeks, is located north of the city of Toronto. In Lawren Harris’s time, it saw less industrial development than other nearby rivers, and thus its banks were largely unspoiled. It is now a major sport fishing area. Harris’s joyous rendition of this sunlit patch of riverbank uses bright colours and swirling brushwork accented with daubs of paint, that give the work a pleasing, airy, pointillist feel. In particular, the daubs of bright green and larger swirls of softer, mid-toned green are filled with light and energy. The two shades of blue are in fine contrast to this, and speak of a shadowed, verdant forest marked by bits of bright sky peeking through. The licks of paint left behind by Harris’s rapidly moving brush stand out against the darker, hidden forest interior, and the lilting lines of the exposed tree limbs are a fine addition of decorative line in this inviting work.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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