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Lawren Harris 1885-1970

Lawren Harris 1885-1970

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2004

Lawren Harris 1885-1970

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The City of Brantford
In Glenhyrst Gardens off Ava Road

Coordinates: N 43 09.362 W 80 17.334


Plaque Text

Born into a prominent Brantford family, Lawren Harris began to paint as a child. At the University of Toronto, a professor noted he sketched during lectures and advised he be sent to Europe to study art. While in Germany (1904-1907), Harris was influenced by urban realism, landscape regionalism, and theosophy, a transcendental, mystical school of thought. In 1920, he helped found the Group of Seven, an association of landscape artists dedicated to creating a distinctly Canadian form of art. Harris saw a spiritual presence in natural forms and painted in an increasingly stylized manner until, in the 1930s, he became an abstract artist. Harris landscapes such as "North Shore, Lake Superior," and "Icebergs, Davis Strait" remain celebrated Canadian images.

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> Posted February 12, 2009
Pretty interesting guy. I would love to follow in his footsteps.

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