Join our e-mail list   Français
Galerie Alan Klinkhoff Logo - advising art collectors for over 50 years
 
    
 EXHIBITIONS >  LAWREN HARRIS & CANADIAN MASTERS  > 32/118
 Previous     Next     Back to List 
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Hubert (Algoma Sketch), c. 1918
SOLD
 
Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
 
 
 
LAWREN S. HARRIS, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Hubert (Algoma Sketch), c. 1918
Oil on composite wood pulp board 13 5/8 x 10 1/2
signed ‘LAWREN / HARRIS’ (recto, lower left);
written by artist in graphite ‘Hubert/ lawren Harris’ (verso, upper left);
marked in ballpoint pen ‘8032-S’
(verso, upper left);
marked in graphite ‘206’ (encircled) (verso, centre);
printed label, ‘C 2082 / Price’ (crossed out in ink) (verso, centre);
in black marker, cross in a circle (verso, lower left).
 
 
 
Provenance
Private collection, Montreal.
 
 
   
  More about this painting  
   
 
Lawren Harris first travelled to the Algoma region north of Sault Ste. Marie in May 1918 following his demobilization from the army. He travelled with Dr. James MacCallum, co-financier of the Studio Building in Toronto. They first explored Manitoulin Island then moved on to Sault Ste. Marie and boarded the Algoma Central Railway travelling as far as Mile 129, returning via Michipicoten Harbour on Lake Superior. As he later reminisced in an address to the Canadian Historical Society in 1948, “We found Algoma a rugged, wildland packed with an amazing variety of subjects. It was a veritable paradise for the creative adventurer in paint in the Canadian north.”

In September 1918 Harris and MacCallum returned to Algoma, this time travelling with Frank Johnston and J.E.H. MacDonald. Harris described the arrangements in a letter to MacDonald. “The trip – overnight on C.P.R. to the Soo. Next day at the Soo we enter a caboose which will be our home while in the North. Said caboose is hitched on to some train or other, hauled to a siding in the Agawa Canyon 120 miles north of the Soo and left there for two or three days while we proceed to get a stranglehold on the surroundings. From mile 120 we are picked up by a down-going train and left on another siding for a few days and again picked up and left on another siding and so on until we land in the Soo with a mass of sketches and C.P.R. ourselves home again.”

In his 1978 monograph on J.E.H. MacDonald, Paul Duval quotes the latter’s enthusiastic response to his first encounter with the Algoma landscapes, writing from Agawa Station, “The leaves are turning very slowly… We leave for Hubert in the morning.”

The results of this trip, and canvases painted in Toronto during the winter, were shown in a three-man exhibition at the Art Museum of Toronto in April 1919. The “Algoma Sketches and Pictures” were arranged chronologically and geographically following the advance of the autumn colour from Canyon, to Hubert, to Batchewana. In the corners of the museum’s galleries they displayed “Algomaxims,” challenging their viewers and critics. Harris exhibited eleven sketches painted in the vicinity of Hubert near the Montreal Falls on the Montreal River, the subject identified by Harris on the back of this sketch.

Harris returned to Algoma in the fall of 1919, painting at Hubert once more with MacDonald and Johnston, as well as A.Y. Jackson, recently demobilized from the army. From a siding at Hubert, Jackson wrote to his cousin Florence Clement, “The color is disappearing very fast. The reds were gorgeous when we first came, but now it is all orange and yellow. … In spite of the bad weather, two sunny days in the twelve we have been here, we have done a lot of work, got soaked pretty often too, but the box car is very cosy and one can soon get dried out. .... MacDonald and Johnson (sic) are Christian Scientists and Harris a theosophist and they don`t see much difference between rain and sunshine."

Harris exhibited no further sketches specifically identified as having been painted at Hubert so it is highly likely this sketch was painted in the fall of 1918 and was one of those exhibited with the “Algoma Sketches and Pictures.” The vertical format of the sketch, a format he occasionally used at this time in contrast to his usual horizontal compositions, also supports this proposal. It is painted on a composite wood pulp board marketed as Beaverboard, a Canadian patented building material used for wall construction that Harris used for many years.

Harris’ response to the changing colour and particular climatic conditions at Hubert are superbly expressed in this oil study. The energetically brushed red and orange foreground foliage sets off the taller dark green firs and blue hills beyond. The foreground leaves and foliage on the hills beyond are treated as simplified masses of paint. The grey clouds fly across the sky contrasting with the stillness of the foliated valley, evidence of one of the Algomaxims: “Get the habit of looking at the sky. It is the source of light and art.” And to close, “Do not take the paintings too seriously, rather let them take you.”

Charles C. Hill, C.M.
From Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, 2017

Charlie Hill began working at the National Gallery of Canada in 1972 and was Curator of Canadian Art from 1980 to 2014. The exhibitions he organized  and publications he wrote include “Canadian Painting in the Thirties” (1975), “To Found a National Gallery. The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1880-1913” (1980), “Morrice A Gift to the Nation The G. Blair Laing Collection” (1992) and “The Group of Seven Art for a Nation” (1995). He was co-curator and contributed essays to the catalogues of “Tom Thomson” (2002), “Emily Carr A New Perspective” (2006) and “Artists, Architects, Artisans Canadian Art 1890 - 1918” (2013). He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000, received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University in 2007 and the Award of Distinguished Service from the Canadian Museums Association in 2012.
 
   
 
  
Lawren Harris Biography
 
 
 
Lawren Stewart Harris, a Canadian painter, was born October 23, 1885 in Brantford, Ontario. He was a key figure in the creation of the Group of Seven, also a founding member and first president of the Canadian Group of Painters. Harris also later became a leading abstractionist who believed that colour and form were capable of expressing spiritual truths. Coming from a wealthy family, he was able to devote himself entirely to his art.

 Related Pages


Lawren Harris studied in Berlin, Germany, from 1904 to 1908, where he became interested in theosophy, a mystical branch of religious philosophy that would influence his later painting. He then returned to Toronto. In 1908 he went on a sketching trip to the Laurentians; in 1909, with J.W. Beatty, he sketched in Haliburton. That fall he went to Lake Memphremagog. At the same time, he drew and painted street scenes of the older and more modest areas of Toronto.

Harris developed into a magnificent landscape painter, transforming the powerful forms of nature into works of force and elegance. In 1913, he financed the construction of the Studio Building in Toronto with his friend, Dr. James MacCallum. The Studio provided artists with cheap or free space where they could live and work. Later, in 1918 and 1919, Lawren Harris with J.E.H. MacDonald financed boxcar trips for the artists of the Group of Seven to the Algoma region. Another painting trip after Algoma was to Lake Superior North Shore with A.Y. Jackson. In 1920 Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Hans Johnston, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, F.H. Varley, and Arthur Lismer founded the Group of Seven.

Harris was so passionate about the Lake Superior’s North Shore and fascinated by the theosophical concept of nature, he returned annually for the next seven years. There he developed the modernist style he is best known for. Harris’s paintings in the early 1920’s were characterized by rich, decorative colours that were applied thick, in painterly impasto. He painted landscapes around Toronto, Georgian Bay and Algoma.

During the 1920s, Harris’s works became more abstract and simplified, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. His first of three annual trips to the Rockies was in 1924. In 1930, Harris’s landscape paintings became even more simplified as he sailed to the Arctic with A.Y. Jackson aboard a supply ship.

From 1934 to 1937, Harris lived in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he painted his first abstract works, an artistic direction in which he would continue for the rest of his life. In 1938 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and helped found the Transcendental Painting Group, an organization of artists who advocated a spiritual form of abstraction.

Harris settled in Vancouver in 1940 and became a leading figure in the Vancouver arts community. He was a strong supporter of younger artists and of the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 1969 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

He died in Vancouver on January 29th 1970.
 
   
Telephone Inquiry
Montreal 514.284.9339
Toronto 416.233.0339
 
Notify us of your interest in artwork by this artist
 
 First Name: 
 
 Last Name: 
 
 Email Address: 
   
 Comment: 
 
     
 
   Submit   
 
 
Lawren S. Harris paintings for sale
 
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Morning Sun Over Hill, Lake Superior (Lake Superior Sketch XXVII), 1922
Oil on Beaverboard 10 3/8 " x 13 5/8"
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
A Row of Houses, Wellington Street (Street Painting I), 1910
Oil on canvas 25" x 30"
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Rock, Spruce and Hill (Lake Superior Sketch C), c. 1921
Oil on wood 10 1/2" x 14"
Detailed view
Lawren S. Harris paintings sold
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Rock and Hill (Lake Superior Sketch CXXXII), 1922
Oil on Beaverboard 10 ½ " x 14" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Algoma Sketch XLIII, c. 1920-1921
Oil on wood 10 3/4 x 14 (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Hubert (Algoma Sketch), c. 1918
Oil on composite wood pulp board 13 5/8 x 10 1/2 (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Snow Laden Trees, c. 1916
Oil on wood 12 ½" x 10 ½" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Mountain Form IV (Rocky Mountain Painting XIV), c. 1927-1930
Oil on canvas 48" x 60" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Pic Island Lake Superior, c. 1926
Oil on Beaverboard 12" x 15" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Return from Church, 1919
Oil on Beaverboard 10 ½" x 13 ¾" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Mountain Sketch (Lake and Mountain), c. 1928
Oil on Beaverboard 11 ¾ x 14 ¾ (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, 1924
Oil on Beaverboard 10 ¾" x 13 ¾" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Sun, Fog and Ice, Smith Sound (Arctic Painting IV), 1931
Oil on canvas 40" x 50" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Mitchell Lake, Batchewanna (sic), Algoma (Algoma Sketch CXXII), c. 1918
Oil on board 14" x 10 ¾" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Swan Lake, Algonquin Park
Oil on panel 10 1/2" x 14" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Algoma sketch, c. 1919
Oil on panel 11" x 14" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Lake Superior Sketch, 1923
Oil on panel 11"x 14" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
North of Lake Superior, c. 1921-22
Oil on panel 10 1/2" x 14" (Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Icebergs
(Sold)
Detailed view
  Lawren S. Harris - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Lawren S. Harris, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)
Sand Lake, Algoma, 1921
Oil on panel 10 1/2" x 13 1/2" (Sold)
Detailed view
 
Contact us now
Montreal: 514.284.9339
Toronto: 416.233.0339
info@klinkhoff.ca
 
Learn More
Buying from Klinkhoff
Sell your Art
insideART.ca ®
Browse Events & Exhibitions
Browse Artists
About Our Gallery
Montreal
1448, Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1K4
Tel.: 514.284.9339
 
Montreal Business Hours
September - May
Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5pm
and by appointment
 
June, July, August
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
and by appointment
Toronto
113 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 1C1
Tel.: 416.233.0339
 
Toronto Business Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
and by appointment
Connect with us
Join
 
 
 Member of the Art Dealer’s
 Association of Canada
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc. (1950-2013) was
a founding member of the Professional Art
Dealer’s Association of Canada (PADAC)
 
A Canadian Art Tradition for Over 65 Years
© Copyright Galerie Alan Klinkhoff Inc. 2017