BlogMarch 21, 2017

The Most Valuable Canadian Art Sale in History: Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters:

Sale features paintings valued at over $40 million


LAWREN HARRIS & CANADIAN MASTERS Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years From April 1 Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto


  • Sale features 15 outstanding paintings by Lawren S. Harris representing a total value over CAD $40 million (USD$ 29.6 million, £ 24 million, € 27.8 million). 

  • 14 are from one collection, the most valuable single consignment of Canadian art.
  • The sale includes 35 paintings representing a total value of more than CAD $44 million, greater than any previous Canadian art private treaty sale or Canadian art auction.


TORONTO - On April 1, 2017, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery will present the most valuable sale of Canadian art in market history. Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters: Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years features 15 paintings by iconic artist Lawren Harris with a total value of over CAD$ 40 million. Fourteen of the Harrises, which have been in a single private collection for over 40 years, represent the most valuable single consignment in the Canadian art market. Lawren Harris was a founding member of the Group of Seven, their leader and a financial sponsor of the Group. This collection is a testimony to the brilliance of the mind and hand of the master, a tribute to the exceptional taste and connoisseurship of their owners, and a formidable buying opportunity for collectors of important Canadian art.


 LAWREN S. HARRIS, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)  

Rock and Hill (Lake Superior Sketch CXXXII), 1922 

Oil on Beaverboard, 10 ½ x 14 in.


"Continuing the Klinkhoff family's 70 year tradition of providing unsurpassed expertise in the art business, it is fitting to offer this exceptional collection of paintings by Lawren Harris on the eve of Canada's 150th birthday", said gallery owner, Alan Klinkhoff. "This sale reinforces Alan Klinkhoff Gallery's ability to offer high value art collections with greater financial efficiency for both buyers and sellers than the auction platform and one without risk. Helen, Craig, and Jonathan join me in our expression of gratitude to the family of present stewardship of these important Lawren Harris paintings for the opportunity to exhibit these master works publicly and to identify their next custodians.”


Charles C. Hill, C.M. and former Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada wrote , “All the themes pre-dating his explorations in abstraction are represented in this remarkable collection that includes five oil sketches whose importance was recognized by Harris to be worked up into major paintings as well as three canvases of exceptional merit.”

 LAWREN S. HARRIS, C.C., LL.D. (1885-1970)  
A Row of Houses, Wellington Street, 1910

Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm)

Among the highlights is A Row of Houses, Wellington Street, 1910, one of the artist’s first major oil paintings and the first to show interest in the Canadian environment. “It is unusual that a painting, one that is owned by a private individual, is so commonly illustrated and reproduced, underlining the significance of this painting,” said Klinkhoff. Also offered for sale is another major cityscape by Harris, Spring in the Outskirts, 1922 (oil on canvas 39 ½ x 45 ½ in), a painting depicting the Earlscourt neighbourhood of Toronto and which was exhibited in the 1922 Group of Seven Exhibition. There will also be paintings by other legendary artists, including  A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Robert Pilot, Kathleen Morris, Paul-Emile Borduas, Jean Paul Lemieux and Sam Borenstein.


Alan Klinkhoff - +1 (514) 284 - 9339 -
Jonathan Klinkhoff - +1 (416) 233 - 0339 -
Craig Klinkhoff - +1 (514) 284 - 9339 -


About Alan Klinkhoff Gallery

Alan Klinkhoff Gallery is an evolution of Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, which was founded in 1949 by Walter (1918-1997) and Gertrude Klinkhoff. Alan Klinkhoff Gallery is a leader in the purchase, sale and appraisal of works of art of the highest quality and of enduring value.


With galleries in Toronto and Montreal, Alan and his two sons, Jonathan and Craig, advise an international clientele on all aspects of collecting and offer buyers and sellers unsurpassed expertise and experience. In the past year, the two galleries combined with the industry-leading web platform have allowed the Klinkhoffs to serve clients across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.


Their opinions concerning quality, value and authenticity are regularly solicited by collectors, museums, other merchants, consultants and auction houses. The Klinkhoff family has advised many important collectors and have served a number of distinguished Canadians.


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