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Lawren S. Harris

Morning, Lake Superior

Artist

Lawren S. Harris
Brantford, Ontario, 1885 – Vancouver 1970

Title

Morning, Lake Superior

Date

About 1921-1928

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

86.3 x 101.6 cm

Credits

Purchase, William Gilman Cheney Bequest, inv. 1939.686

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

The Art Association of Montreal (now the MMFA) acquired this painting in 1939, on the occasion of its 56th Spring Exhibition, in which 345 paintings were put on display. The critic Robert Ayre, who found the assemblage of works tedious, did draw a distinction in the case of “Lawren Harris’ calm Lake Superior, with its pure light. In it you have the Canada that is going out of fashion but that is still here and still profoundly stirring, the remote Canada without people.” This canvas is a wonderful example of the artist’s practice in the 1920s; beginning in the mid-1930s, Harris would create abstract works.

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