LOT 134

1885 - 1970

Lake Superior Sketch XCVII
oil on board, circa 1921
on verso signed, titled and inscribed with the Doris Mills inventory #4/97 and with the artist’s symbol
10 1/2 x 13 1/4 in 26.7 x 33.7 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 1973
By descent to a Private Collection, British Columbia
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 25, 2004, lot 70
Private Collection, Vancouver

Doris Mills, L.S. Harris Inventory, 1936, Lake Superior Sketches, Group 4, listed, catalogue #97, location noted as Studio Building

From 1921 to 1927, Lawren Harris was drawn to Lake Superior every year, and it was one of his important painting places. In 1921, after the Group of Seven’s fall trip to Algoma, Harris and A.Y. Jackson carried on to the north shore of Lake Superior aboard a CPR freight train. They disembarked near Schreiber, walking to their final destination at Rossport, the subject of this fine painting. Harris’s view of this lakeshore settlement features a stunning outlook to the hills across the lake, their dusky blue daubed with strokes of orange and gold fall colours. His brushwork is fluid and assured, giving the impression of the glow in the hills without any need for detail. Strong and simple in its depiction of form, this splendid oil sketch also expresses a fine sense of atmosphere in the clear, even light of the overcast day. The austere grandeur of Lake Superior would ultimately inspire Harris to depict its expanses in works stripped of extraneous detail and bathed in a spiritual light, and his time there was highly significant to his evolution.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

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