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LOT 165

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

Northern Sketch
oil on panel
signed and on verso signed, titled, inscribed "2" and stamped Dominion Gallery
10 1/2 x 13 7/8 in 26.7 x 35.2 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $64,350

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Dominion Gallery, Montreal, inventory #D1286, acquired May 29, 1951 for $250
Estate of Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, Montreal

Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, Personal Art Collection Catalogue, reproduced, unpaginated, catalogue #R32

Lawren Harris had a keen eye for pattern and sought the structure of good composition in elements of the natural world that he chose to paint. He looked for balance and harmony in colour, pattern and form in each area of his work. In this sketch, the palette is suffused with soft light as on a fine-weather autumn day. Harris has daubed bright yellow accents on the tree bark and depicted the forest floor in the same shade. His choice of the soft pale green for the foreground tree boughs, together with the chalky blue of the sky which is sliced by clouds, is in complete colour harmony with the yellow. In the distance, pines of a deeper green and warm ochre tree forms push the more softly coloured portions of the forest towards us. The feeling is a pleasant sensation of sun shining onto the grassy yellowness of the foreground and a cool, vast forest leading off beyond. Harris, always the challenging artist, has chosen to show us just the very edge of this scene.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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