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LOT 147

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

Lake Superior Sketch XCIX
oil on board, circa 1922
on verso signed, titled on a label, inscribed faintly with the artist's symbol and stamped with the Dominion Gallery stamp
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 in 26.7 x 34.9 cm

Estimate: $150,000 - $250,000

Sold for: $169,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, November 20, 2006, lot 74
Private Collection, California

Paul Duval, Lawren Harris: Where the Universe Sings, 2011, page 234

This striking scene is near Pic Island on Lake Superior’s North Shore, between Marathon and Rossport. Lawren Harris and fellow Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson traveled together to Lake Superior on several trips, and both painted this same view, with Jackson’s sketch titled Autumn, Lake Superior. Harris in particular loved this rugged, austere landscape, and this sketch shows his deep understanding of the strength and simplicity of form present there. Forest fires had reduced the trees to skeletons, and the rock formations of the Canadian Shield surrounding the lake were sculptural. Panoramic views over the enormous lake completed the sensation of grandeur, and Harris responded to it in a soulful way. Paul Duval wrote, “After he explored the North Shore, it became pictorially Harris country. Its isolation, grandeur and limpid, embracing light fit Harris like a creative glove.” Lake Superior Sketch XCIX is a strong, visceral image. Snow settling into hollows emphasizes the curves of the rocks, which Harris depicted with broad brush-strokes. Just beyond the distinctive hill, the lake stretches out, enticing us to clamber over the rocks to contemplate the transcendent view.

Estimate: $150,000 - $250,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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