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Lawren S. Harris

Morning, Lake Superior


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


Morning, Lake Superior


About 1921-1928


Oil on canvas


86.3 x 101.6 cm


Purchase, William Gilman Cheney Bequest, inv. 1939.686


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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