Lawren Stewart Harris CC (October 23, 1885 – January 29, 1970) was a Canadian painter, born in Brantford, Ontario. He is best known as a member of the Group of Seven who asserted a distinct national identity combined with a common heritage stemming from early modernism in Europe in the early twentieth century. A. Y. Jackson has been quoted as saying that Harris provided the stimulus for the Group of Seven. During the 1920s, Harris' works became more abstract and simplified, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. In the 1930s, He stopped signing, titling and dating his works so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist or when they were painted.
"Mountain Forms" is the most expensive Lawren Harris painting ever sold at auction , it set a Canadian art record, selling for $11.2 million in 2016.
The Painting offered for sale is an Original Oil on Canvas "after" of the Lawren Harris painting. It was completed by a talented member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Serge Deherian.
This 1926 artwork represents Mount Ishbel, a mountain peak in Canada. It is visible on the horizon and recognizable by the distinctive tilted strata of gray sedimentary rock. The hard material of the mountain is transfigured in an almost metaphysical vision. It almost entirely occupies the space of the canvas, capturing attention without accessory elements that can distract the look.
The painter filled a large painting with cold colors, from white to ice, to violet, to green, to petrol green: Harris was not satisfied with the spot colors, he succeeded in elaborating a chromatic range made of many shades. The colors chase each other on the canvas, from the dark to the light of the top of the mountain, and draw the gaze towards the top of the hill. The clouds are not realistic: they take up the shape of the mountain, of triangular lines, and there is no sun passing through them. The light captured by the ice on the top of the hill is not a natural light, it is an illumination, which gives to the image a character of revelation, a spiritual stature. According to the creed of Harris, who was an adept of Theosophy, "Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life."
"Baffin Island" , in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, is the largest island in Canada and the fifth-largest island in the world.
The Painting offered for sale is an Original, Oil on Canvas "after" of the Lawren Harris painting. It was completed by a talented member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Serge Deherian.
This 1931 artwork on May 29, 2001, sold at auction for a then record price of $2.2 million.