The Idea of North, Lawren Harris

The monumental landscapes of Lawren Harris are gathered in the exhibition "The Idea of North" at the Hammer Museum. Rooted in the landscape of Canada Harris' paintings are monumental idealizations of the vast north, evocative of the spiritual power of landscape. Painted in the 1920's and 1930's the influence of modernism and abstraction is evident the work makes me think of the Georgia O'Keefe's paintings of natural forms was making around the same time.


Lawren Harris. Mt. Lefroy, 1930; oil on canvas. 52.5 x 60.4 in. Courtesy of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Purchased 1975. ©Family of Lawren S. Harris.
Lawren Harris. Mt. Lefroy, 1930; oil on canvas; 52.5 x 60.4 in. Courtesy of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Purchased 1975. © Family of Lawren S. Harris.
Lawren Harris. Isolation Peak, 1930; oil on canvas; 42 x 50 in. Courtesy of the Hart House Permanent Collection.
© Family of Lawren S. Harris.

Lawren Harris. Mount Thule, Bylot Island, 1930; oil on canvas. 32.25 × 40.25 in. Courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gift of the Vancouver Art Gallery Women’s Auxiliary. ©Family of Lawren S. Harris.
Lawren Harris. Mount Thule, Bylot Island, 1930; oil on canvas; 32.25 × 40.25 in. Courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gift of the Vancouver Art Gallery Women’s Auxiliary. © Family of Lawren S. Harris.

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