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LOT 155

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

oil on board
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label, inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #C3546 and variously and stamped with the Dominion Gallery stamp
10 5/8 x 12 1/8 in 27 x 30.8 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, November 6, 1991, lot 106
Private Collection, Toronto

This bright and lively oil sketch by Lawren Harris was likely produced in the years between his return from Berlin in 1908 and the outbreak of World War I, which was one of his most romantic and painterly periods. Works such as this suggest a pleasure in the moment and a joyful anticipation of the future, as Harris’s artistic goals began to take shape and his artist comrades-in-arms began to surround and encourage him. Often influenced by French Impressionism in palette and by Scandinavian modernism in structure, Harris’s work in this chapter also predated the psychological trauma inflicted by the Great War. Idyllic tones of pink and purple pervade this particular example, as well as a clear and fresh handling of light. Notably, the depiction of the rock bears a striking similarity to one of Harris’s early masterpieces, the impressive triptych Autumn Forest with Glaciated Bedrock, Georgian Bay, circa 1914, acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1989. It is a work that beautifully suggests, as does this one, a world of harmony, hope and inspiration.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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