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Cityscapes

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Lawren S. Harris, Return from Church, 1919 and Jean Paul Lemieux, The Distant City, 1956

Harris represents the city from inside, while Lemieux paints it from afar, rendering it almost indistinguishable. However, both use soft, subtle shades. The use of these tones does not have the same impact in each of the artists' works.

In Harris', the subtle tones help introduce a peaceful aspect to the scene, while a feeling of sadness and desolation emerges from Lemieux's work.

In both works, the colours are hardly saturated, but in Harris', the use of magenta, orange and red for the clothing helps liven up the picture.