LOT 005

1885 - 1970

LSH 55
oil on board, circa 1955
on verso stamped Lawren Harris LSH Holdings Ltd. #55
36 x 23 in 91.4 x 58.4 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Collection of the Artist
LSH Holdings Ltd., Vancouver
Estate of the Artist
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, May 29, 2001, lot 178
Private Collection, Toronto

Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens, Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2017, pages 39 and 40

Lawren Harris’s engagement with abstraction had its roots in his Lake Superior, Rockies and Arctic paintings, in which he expressed the power of these landscapes by simplifying them to their essential forms. He was influenced by theosophy, which believed that the spiritual was manifest in nature. This Group of Seven painter then experienced an extraordinary evolution into pure abstraction, with many shifts and changes, which began during sojourns in Hanover, New Hampshire and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and continued in Vancouver when he moved there in 1940. LSH 55 is from a period in the mid-1950s, when Harris was painting vertical forms in a flame-like dance of continuous harmonic movement. Harris did not use titles, as he felt that a painting was “a state of mind” that “could only be participated in, or experienced.” He believed that the viewer should meditate on the experience his paintings contained, and the exceptional LSH 55, with its golden flames, etheric blue colour-field background and energetic glow, embodies a sensation of spiritual ascension.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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