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LOT 119

Lawren Stewart Harris
1885 - 1970

Study for Mountains East of Maligne Lake
graphite on paper, circa 1924
on verso inscribed with painting notes and "99"
4 1/2 x 7 3/4 in 11.4 x 19.7 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $7,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Estate of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Steve Martin et al., The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015, essay by Cynthia Burlingham, page 83

This is the graphite drawing for the canvas Mountains East of Maligne Lake, lot 118 in this sale. On Lawren Harris’s first trip to the Rocky Mountains in August and September of 1924, he visited Maligne Lake with A.Y. Jackson. Harris took his sketchbooks into the mountains, and Cynthia Burlingham writes that “Harris’s drawings were central to his process of simplifying nature ‘to its fundamental and purest form’ as they captured elements of an actual place that were later used to create the essence of place.” From this vigorous drawing, Harris distilled his image further to arrive at the extraordinary composition we see in the canvas.

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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