The Idea of North

The Idea of North

The Paintings of Lawren Harris

Book - 2015
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This generously illustrated book examines the most significant period in the work of Lawren Harris, who was central to defining a distinctive Canadian art in the 20th century. Sparse landscapes of Lake Superior's northern shores, bold visions of the Rocky Mountains and haunting landscapes from the Eastern Arctic are hallmark themes of Lawren Harris's paintings. He was a founding member of the renowned "Group of Seven" artists' group, who believed that the Canadian landscape was central to the foundation of a national identity. Focusing on Harris's most important work of the 1920s through the early 1930s, this monograph features a selection of major works that are as iconic in Canada as those of Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper in the U.S. His remarkable use of color, light, and composition resulted in powerful scenes that reflect his progress toward a universal vision of nature's spiritual power. Drawn from the Art Gallery of Ontario's substantial holdings as well as other public collections throughout Canada, this publication repositions Harris's work and establishes him as major figure within the wider context of 20th-century modern painting in the Americas.
Publisher: Toronto : Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9783791354705
Branch Call Number: 759.21 H31i
Characteristics: 159 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Mar 11, 2018

Born in Brantford, Ontario (1885) - Lawren Harris ranks right up there as being my very favourite Canadian landscape painter of the impressive "Group of Seven". Harris was a founding member and chief spokesman of this illustrious group of artists.

Born into a family of great wealth - This allowed Harris plenty of advantage to pursue his interest in becoming an accomplished artist. And he soon developed into a true pioneer of a very distinct and a very Canadian painting-style.

Written by James King - "Inward Journey" is a first-rate pictorial biography of Lawren Harris.

*Note* - In 1970 - Lawren Harris (84 at the time) died of natural causes.

P.S. - At a recent art auction (2016) in Toronto - Harris's "Mountain Forms" sold for $11.2 million.

Jan 10, 2018

An overall outstanding book, with great illustrations, and informative essays. A great tribute to a great painter!

Jul 09, 2016

Iconic Canadian painter on a par with Americans Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe...member of the Group of Seven. Stunning work exhibiting simplicity and spirituality. Highly recommended.

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