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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

Harris preferred the sparse immensity of Arctic landscapes and the austere rivers of Lake Superior, which he visited in 1920s, to the forests of the Algoma district and Algonquin Park. The smooth brushstroke and distant vantage point of Morning, Lake Superior combine to suggest the sublime grandeur of nature bathed in the dawn’s early light. The spiritual connotations of this landscape recall Harris’s interest in mysticism – he drew inspiration from Eastern religions and philosophies. The contemplation of northern landscapes, with their simplified forms, drew him towards abstraction.

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