LOT 136

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

Algoma Woods I
oil on panel
on verso signed on a label, titled and titled Algoma Sketch CIX and Algoma Woods on labels, dated 1918 on the Bess Harris label and inscribed "Bess Harris Collection" / "540A" / "91" / "69-3" / "C." / "L." and with the Doris Mills inventory #2/109
10 3/8 x 13 1/2 po 26.3 x 34.3 cm

Estimation : $125,000 - $175,000

Vendu pour : $212,400

Exposition à : Heffel Toronto – 13 avenue Hazelton

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

Doris Mills, L.S. Harris Inventory, 1936, Algoma Sketches, Group 2, listed, catalogue #2/109, location noted as the Studio Building
James King, Inward Journey: The Life of Lawren Harris, 2012, page 104

Algoma was a place of replenishment for Lawren Harris. He was taken there by patron Dr. James MacCallum within a month of his discharge from the Canadian Army in May of 1918, and its wildness and beauty made a deep impression on him. Harris told fellow artist Fred Housser, “The Algoma country is charted on a grand scale, slashed by ravines and canyons through which run rivers, streams, and springs, broadening into lakes, churning lightly over shoaly places or dropping with roll and mist for hundreds of feet. Granite rocks rise to noble heights—their sides and tops solidly covered with hardwood, spruce and pine.” Here Harris has captured the variety of trees in the forest and the scene is filled with life and energy—a place of replenishment indeed. Harris’s brushwork is vigorous, and his delight in the scene is palpable through it. Of Algoma, he proclaimed to Group of Seven colleague J.E.H. MacDonald that one could abandon one’s self to “drinking its gorgeousness with your eyes.”

Estimation : $125,000 - $175,000

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